July 24, 2014

200 or so Jet Bodies Arrive at The Netherlands





As a military trumpet sounded in tribute, the first bodies of victims from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday after an airborne journey from Ukraine.Sixteen coffins were aboard a Dutch military flight and 24 aboard an Australian jet, both of which left the northeast Ukrainian city of Kharkiv after a solemn ceremony. They landed a couple of hours later at Amsterdam’s small Eindhoven airport to a somber reception from King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and others.   





 Bodies of victims and the flight recorders from the Malaysia Airlines jetliner destroyed by a missile last week over eastern Ukraine were delivered by a lumbering freight train Tuesday to Kharkiv, a city controlled by the central government, completing the initial phases of an agreement with pro-Russian rebels negotiated by Malaysia.
But international anger was still swelling about the mistreatment of the victims — whose corpses lay for days strewn across a wheat field — the pilfering of their belongings, and the removal of possible evidence that could determine the weapon used to destroy the plane.
In addition, discrepancies emerged Tuesday about the precise number of bodies recovered from the crash site.
Malaysian officials and Ukrainian separatist leaders said Monday that 282 bodies and the parts of 16 others were placed aboard the train, totaling 298, the number of passengers and crew who perished. But a Dutch forensics official in Kharkiv, Jain Tuinder, was quoted by the BBC as saying that only 200 bodies were on the train and that another search for more remains would be required.
“We will not leave until every remain has left this country, so we will have to go on and bargain again with the people over there,” he was quoted as saying.
Ukrainian, European, and US officials have said a Russian-made antiaircraft missile supplied to the rebels downed the jetliner.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia and the rebel leaders whose cause he has supported have strongly denied any responsibility. But the rage aimed in their direction was reflected in the words of Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia, whose country lost 37 citizens and residents.
“Anyone who has been watching the latest footage would appreciate that there is still a long, long way to go. After the crime comes the cover-up,” Abbott said, in reaction to images of separatist militants seen rummaging through the wreckage. “What we have seen is evidence tampering on an industrial scale, and, obviously, that has to stop.”
European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels agreed Tuesday to expand the list of Russian entities and individuals subject to asset freezes and travel bans.
They also threatened to target major parts of the Russian economy if Moscow does not bring the uprising under control, but they stopped short of immediately imposing sanctions that could cripple the Russian economy.
Despite the agreement with Malaysia, heavily armed rebels who control the crash site have so far prevented foreign and Ukrainian experts from examining the wreckage or moving it to a more secure location.
Volodymyr Groysman, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, who is leading a Ukrainian team handling the Malaysia Airlines disaster, said that the pro-Russian rebels had slowed the repatriation of bodies and efforts to investigate responsibility.
“Unfortunately, it has taken a long time for the train to get here from the crash site because of obstructions created by the bandits and terrorists,” he said in Kharkiv, using the Ukraine government’s terminology for the pro-Russia separatists.
Flight 17 was hit at 33,000 feet en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, exploding and crashing about 20 miles from the border with Russia. All aboard were killed: two-thirds of them Dutch, and the rest from more than half a dozen countries.
Pushed by a diesel locomotive, the train carrying the bodies of the victims, in five gray refrigerated wagons, arrived in Kharkiv after a 17-hour journey out of the lawless territory of the crash site.
Also aboard the train, foreign officials said, were the black boxes, which were handed over by rebel leaders to Malaysian emissaries Monday in the separatist movement’s self-proclaimed capital of Donetsk.
Ukrainian workers had to clear the track of mud and weeds to allow the train to pass along a long-disused stretch of rail leading to an old Soviet-era tank factory, where the bodies were removed.
The work on the tracks, however, did not prevent the train from stalling just a few yards from its final destination. Workers threw sand on the tracks to give the locomotive more traction.
Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said in a Twitter message Tuesday that the Malaysians had asked forensics experts in Britain to investigate the contents of the black boxes, which could provide some clues into what was happening aboard the aircraft immediately before its destruction.
The Netherlands sent a Hercules transport plane to Kharkiv, and Australia said it was also sending a plane. All of the bodies will be taken to the Netherlands first and then returned to their home countries once they have been identified.
Ester Naber, a Dutch police spokeswoman, said the victims would all be repacked in new body bags, placed in wooden coffins, and flown to the Netherlands in a process that would likely start Wednesday. She said the bodies would be flown to a military airfield at Eindhoven and transferred to a military base at Hilversum.


The victims will be returned to their home countries once identifications have been completed, a process that Naber said “could take weeks or even months depending on the state of the bodies.”
In Kiev, the Ukraine capital, a government spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said Ukrainian forces had seized control of several small strategic towns in eastern Ukraine, blocking the main roads between the regional capitals of Donetsk and Luhansk .

One Hr After Commencing Execution The Man was still Alive

Is the Guillotine better?            
 


Lawyers for Arizona death-row prisoner Joseph Wood said in court papers Wednesday that an hour after his execution began he was still alive — and they asked the court to stop the proceeding. "He has been gasping and snorting for more than an hour," lawyers wrote in a petition to the Arizona federal court. Wood — who was condemned to death for fatally shooting his girlfriend and her father in 1989 — challenged the execution on the grounds that the state was violating the First Amendment by keeping the source of the lethal-injection drugs secret. An appeals panel agreed with him, but the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the stay of execution.
Wood, 55, was scheduled to be killed with a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone, the same drugs used in an Ohio execution in which the inmate seemed to struggle for air and took 25 minutes to die. His execution date had been put on hold several times as the case wound its way through last-minute appeals. One of those decisions was notable for a dissent in which the chief judge of a federal appeals court said the guillotine would be better than lethal injection for executions.

John Barrowman Opens Glascow games with Gay kiss

                                                                            

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 are up and running - and already sparking a Twitter storm with a thinly-veiled stunt supporting gay marriage.
Within the first few minutes of the opening ceremony, singer John Barrowman kissed a man waiting at at the aisle for him before the pair skipped away hand in hand.
Viewers were quick to praise organisers for showcasing their support for gay marriage which is illegal in 42 of 53 commonwealth countries.
One wrote on Twitter: "Love that the opening of the Opening Ceremony was a speed date with Scotland with a hosted by a lesbian and a gay man. Gaun yirsel', Glesga!"


     
Another added: "A gay man & woman sing the opening ceremony song, a tongue-in-cheek & camp musical number featuring two men kiss. Brilliant. #Glasgow2014"
Last week, David Cameron was urged to take a stand against member states’ treatment of the LGBT community.
Speaking to the  Independent , gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "We are appealing to Prime Minister David Cameron to speak out against homophobia and transphobia in the Commonwealth in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.
"We also want him to express his public support for Article 7 of the Commonwealth Games Federation constitution, which prohibits any form of discrimination – including discrimination in athlete selection for the national teams."


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John Travolta’s Former Lover is back with a Lawsuit


                                                                          


Douglas Gotterba, a former employee of the ‘Pulp Fiction’ actor, told the Daily News Wednesday that he will continue to pursue a contract dispute with Travolta. In 2012, Gotterba claimed to The National Enquirer that he had an affair with the actor while employed as his pilot.


 The California pilot who claims he had a high-flying gay affair with actor John Travolta said Wednesday he's happy a court ruling may pave the way for him to write a book about it.
Douglas Gotterba, 64, said Tuesday’s appeals court decision cleared a path for him to get a judge's ruling on the disputed terms of his 1987 termination, including an alleged confidentiality agreement.
“Yeah, absolutely," Gotterba told the Daily News when asked if he planned to forge ahead in the contract dispute. “But I can't comment any further.”
Gotterba claims he was fired in March 1987 with an unsigned termination letter that didn't include a confidentiality agreement. Travolta claims the pilot is bound by a longer letter Gotterba allegedly signed a month later without legal representation that swears him to secrecy about his time with Travolta.
In a 2012 National Enquirer story labeled "ridiculous" by Travolta's camp, Gotterba said he first met the "Grease" star in February 1981 when he interviewed for a pilot job.
Seven months later, they were lovers, Gotterba said.
"I know the date (the affair began) because I still have the log book and records," Gotterba told the Enquirer.
He said they flew to Monterey, Calif., together and shared a "fantastic" bottle of merlot wine over dinner at the Highlands resort in Carmel.
Douglas Gotterba worked as a pilot for John Travolta during the 1980s.DOUGLAS GOTTERBA VIA FACEBOOKDouglas Gotterba worked as a pilot for John Travolta during the 1980s.
"I got the sense I was being courted," Gotterba said. "As we walked from the restaurant back to the room, John suddenly said, "Hey, would you like a massage?'"
Gotterba said he expected the invitation, and the massage quickly led to sex.
"John was gentle but very passionate. The next day he told me with a big smile on his face, 'I really enjoyed last night,'" Gotterba told the Enquirer.
He said Travolta, 60, took him on romantic trips to Hawaii, Amsterdam and Kenya.
"Sometimes he'd bring women along as beards, but he would ask me to join him in his suite and we'd spend the nights together. It was our little secret," Gotterba claimed.
The affair ended in 1986 after growing tensions, Gotterba said.
"He'd show up on my door many times, unannounced, to check up on me," the pilot told the Enquirer. "He'd disappear into my bedroom and go through my drawers. He always tried to catch me cheating on him."
New York Daily NewsDOUGLAS GOTTERBA VIA FACEBOOKDouglas Gotterba claims he was fired in 1987 with an unsigned termination letter that didn't include a confidentiality agreement. 
He stopped working for Travolta in 1987.
The Enquirer report came shortly after two professional masseurs filed and later dropped federal lawsuits claiming Travolta groped them during massages.
The first masseur withdrew his lawsuit after Travolta proved he was in New York on the day of the alleged Beverly Hills attack.
"While we believe the Court should have thrown out Gotterba's lawsuit at the outset, ultimately, he will not prevail on his claim," Travolta's lawyer Marty Singer said in a statement to The News.
"Gotterba points to an unsigned draft agreement, which he now claims is the controlling document in the case, yet he attached as an exhibit to his own complaint the final version of the contract that he signed barring his claim," Singer said.
“We are very confident that in the end we will prevail in the action,” Singer said. 


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Nelsan Ellis Co-star on True Blood got(GAY)scared and Quits over this Season’s Gay story lines



     
 Luke Grimes (Left)                Nelsan Ellis (Right)
                


Grimes was replaced by Nathan Parsons in the role of James, who recently struck up a romantic relationship with Ellis’ Lafayette
Nelsan Ellis has long portrayed one of the most popular characters on HBO's “True Blood.” As Lafayette, he's tough and totally unique. The character also happens to be gay. That last detail was purportedly too much for one of his co-stars, who quit over this season's gay storylines.
Luke Grimes took on the role of James on the show, spending much of last season wooing fellow vampire Deborah Ann Woll‘s Jessica. This season, though, James suddenly had a new face as Nathan Parsons took over the role.
 A publicist for Grimes declined comment Tuesday. When he left the show, he issued a statement saying that he left over his feature film schedule, and that it had nothing to do with storylines. HBO said that his decision was due to “the creative direction of the character.” That direction became clear as the seventh and final season of “True Blood” started airing, and James was revealed to be bisexual, starting a relationship with Ellis’ Lafayette.
“I just think that, you're an actor,” Ellis told Vulture in an interview after his character's first sex scene with the new James. “We're all sitting there going, ‘You quit your job because … really?’ I'm just… I'm over him. You quit your job because you don't want to play a gay part? As if it's … You know what? I’m going to stop talking.” 
But he didn't. “You make a statement when you do something like that,” Ellis continued. You make a … big statement, when you go, ‘I don't want to play this part because it's gay.’ If you have a child, if you have a son, and he comes out as gay, what are you going to do? If you have a daughter who comes out gay…? You just made a statement, and it has ripple effects.”
He said that a show like “True Blood” almost demands that its actors come in prepared to expect the unexpected. Created by Alan Ball, who is openly gay, the drama is known for its sexual content and LGBT characters and relationships. 
“I'm supposed to do what my boss tells me to do, as an actor,” Ellis said. “I can't approach a character with judgment. I certainly can’t tell my boss, ‘I can act what I want to act, but not what you tell me to act,’ especially on a show where you come in, knowing what it is.”



thewrap.com
                                                                                                           
Looking at several pictures from Luke Grimes, I think the boy looks what some will call not butch, so obviously to some, he most think that gays are not butch but femme and he probably got scared that looking gay (femme)and playing gay could make people come to the right or wrong conclusion that he is gay. On the other hand he might be so insured of himself that he would find too kinky to hug or give another man a kiss in the kisser.
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July 23, 2014

298 bodies in train box cars arrived at Kharkiv to be surrendered to the Netherlands



                                                                             



 A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families.
Five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags reached the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed to hand over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian authorities and the bodies to the Netherlands, where many victims had lived.

The train slowly rolled into the grounds of an arms industry plant, where the remains are due to be unloaded and flown to the Netherlands for the lengthy process of identification. A spokeswoman for a Dutch team of forensic experts in Kharkiv said departure was not expected before Wednesday.                                                     

A representative of the OSCE European security watchdog said there were still human remains left where the Boeing 777 hit the ground in eastern Ukraine last Thursday. "We did not observe any recovery activity in place," spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said after his group inspected the site earlier in the day. [nL6N0PX5KF]

The jet was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down near Donetsk, a stronghold of pro-Russian rebels, where fighting with Ukrainian troops flared again on Tuesday.

Western governments have threatened Russia with broader sanctions for what they say is its backing of the militia. However, they are struggling to agree a response, and European Union ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday delayed action for a few days. [ID:nL6N0PX3F0]

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would urge the separatists to allow a full investigation which the Netherlands said it would lead. Malaysia said it would send the black boxes to a British lab for analysis.

"Here they are, the black boxes," separatist leader Aleksander Borodai told journalists at the headquarters of his self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic as an armed rebel placed the boxes on a desk.

A small group of Malaysian air crash experts became the first international accident investigators to reach the site on Tuesday, escorted by a convoy of international monitors and heavily armed separatist fighters.

As they went about their work, loud explosions were heard on the outskirts of Donetsk, some 60 km (40 miles) from the site One shell was sticking out from a hole outside a residential block with a pool of blood next to it.

    "A woman was killed here, her son was sitting next to her crying," said Tamara Lelyk, a 73-year-old cleaning lady.

The shooting down of the airliner has sharply deepened the Ukrainian crisis, in which separatist gunmen in the Russian-speaking east have been fighting government forces since pro-Western protesters in Kiev forced out a pro-Moscow president and Russia annexed Crimea in March.


SANCTIONS

Putin said a Ukrainian military "tank attack" on Donetsk was "unacceptable" and urged the West to put pressure on Kiev to end hostilities.

But Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree to call up more military reserves and men under 50 to fight the rebels in eastern Ukraine and to protect the border where there is a concentration of Russian troops.

Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's Security Council, said 13 Ukrainian troops were killed in fighting in the east in the last day when "terrorists" attacked the army and their roadblocks 20 times.

    The rival sides were now fighting around the city of Lysychansk, about 130 km (80 miles) northeast of Donetsk, he said. Kiev also said it recaptured the adjacent town of Severodonetsk and the rebels confirmed they were forced out.

Shaken by the loss of life on the airliner, Western governments have threatened Russia with stiffer penalties.

In Brussels, EU foreign ministers raised the possibility for the first time of restricting Russian access to European capital markets, defence and energy technology, asking the executive European Commission to draft proposals this week.

France said it would deliver a second helicopter carrier to Russia despite opposition from the United States and Britain, highlighting the difficulties in reaching an agreement on a response from Western powers.

Diplomats say more serious sanctions against whole sectorsof the Russian economy will depend largely on the line taken bythe Netherlands, because of the high number of Dutch victims.

At the United Nations, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Monday demanding those responsible "be held to account and that all states cooperate fully with efforts to establish accountability".

It also demanded that armed groups allow "safe, secure, full and unrestricted access" to the crash site.

Putin noted an increased use of language of "ultimatums and sanctions" towards Russia and called for more dialogue with the West.

Alexei Kudrin, a former Russian finance minister and loyal Putin ally, warned that rising anti-Western rhetoric during the crisis could isolate the nation and derail its modernisation.

"The political landscape in our country has changed significantly," he told the state-run ITAR-TASS news agency. "We have again become the West's adversaries." [ID:nL6N0PX50Y]


ACCESS

U.S. President Barack Obama said it was time for Putin and Russia "to pivot away from the strategy that they've been taking and get serious about trying to resolve hostilities within Ukraine." He said Russia had a direct responsibility to compel separatists to cooperate with the investigation.

European security monitors said gunmen stopped theminspecting the site on Friday and Ukrainian officials have said separatists tampered with evidence at the crash site.

But the spokesman for the European security monitors saidthey had unfettered access on Monday, and a Dutch victims identification team was allowed to inspect the storage of the bodies in refrigerated rail cars before they left for Kharkiv.

The Malaysian crash experts walked through the wheat fields by the wreckage, making notes and taking photographs on Tuesday.

Russia's Defence Ministry has challenged Western accusations that pro-Russian separatists were responsible for shooting down the airliner and said Ukrainian warplanes had flown close to it.

The ministry also rejected accusations that Russia had supplied the rebels with SA-11 Buk anti-aircraft missile systems - the weapon said by Kiev and the West to have downed the airliner - "or any other weapons".


(Reuters) 
(Additional reporting by Natalia Zinets, Pavel Polityuk and Gabriela Baczynska in Kiev; Sergei Karazy in Kharkiv; Justyna Pawlak and Adrian Croft in Brussels; Darya Korsunskaya and Lidia Kelly in Moscow; Writing by Anna Willard; Editing by Giles Elgood and David Stamp)

Gay Marriage Not Civil Rights Because an Anus in not a Vagina


                                                                             

The tittle of this post comes from an anti gay catholic writer by the name of Stephen H. Webb. When I saw that Mark J. Stern had written about it, I was pleased because he makes a better case than I would being I would strike back at the Catholic Church about its history and their many sins regarding families. This is the church with a dirty history of how nuns came to be and how catholic priests have destroyed many families, ether by archaic non biblical rules as to who gets buried where if they are illicit or for those poor souls that have taken their life and then how the families are mistreated afterwords. How priests have abused children while the bishops kept quiet and never contacted the authorities about all these pedophiles in the church.

I would talk about the exceptions made to all rules in behalf of the very wealthy families on divorce for instance, including the Kennedy’s to the Rockefeller’s, etc.,
But I will leave that alone and just write what this catholic wrote about comparing an anus to a vagina as objects of what a family is and makes it as a completely sexual argument. He most not know there is a difference between conceiving to bring up a boy or girl.

He also ignores that those sexual organs are made for other things besides sex and they have never put a family together or kept it together. The civil rights that the gay community is asking for has nothing to do with sex but with the rights of marriage and other governments laws and benefits. Wether you have one vagina or two or no sex organs at all, you can have a family and should be treated as a whole human being.  As for the anus, well he should know most people have one. He should take his mind out of there and read on the dictionary of what a family is.

You could have two people very much into straight sex but that does not say how well they will keep their children, wether they will care for them, give them up for adoption or abandon them.
  
To say or imply that sex organs is what makes up the family and keeps it together is to show a pathological ignorance of sex and humanity. I feel sorry for this person that goes so deep down to a vagina or anus to try to connect it to young human beings being kept together by care and love. Not everyone carrying a vagina a family makes.

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First Things is one of my absolute favorite magazines, largely because its writers make such an admirable effort to come up with fresh, fun ways to justify their religious-based prejudices. Remember when they took over 4,000 words to say that gay people don’t exist at all? If that didn’t convince you, try this bit o’ logic: Because anuses aren’t vaginas, gay marriage is not a civil right.


Mark Joseph SternMARK JOSEPH STERN
Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.    Slate.com

That’s the thrust of a new piece out by Stephen H. Webb, best known for his work on “Mormons obsessed with Christ” and intelligent design. Webb’s article begins with an attempt to illustrate why the gay rights movement is distinct from the black civil rights movement. “Gay marriage advocates,” Webb argues, “have convinced millions of Americans that gay marriage is just the same as straight marriage.” But “[i]f the argument of sameness works for gay rights, could it have worked for Civil Rights?”
To answer this fundamentally misconceived question, Webb embarks on a strange thought experiment, imagining how the black civil rights movement would’ve gone had it “followed the gay rights strategy.” Here’s Webb weaving his counter-history:
It is the early sixties, and … white political leaders most sympathetic to the plight of African Americans decide to make the case for this moral sameness by arguing that black people are really white. “Look past their skin,” they say, “and you will find that they are just as white as we are.”
At the risk of stating the exceedingly obvious, this is not “the argument of sameness [that] works for gay rights.” That argument is that gay people’s marriages are essentially the same as the straight sort—based on the same notions of love and commitment, support and affection. Gay rights advocates are not trying to convince America that gay people are really straight, as Webb implies. Yet this is the absurd analogy upon which the bulk of Webb’s argument hangs.
It only gets worse from there. Perhaps realizing that his central analogy is pretty bizarre, Webb switches course in his final paragraph, allowing the fa├žade of his flawed comparison to drop away completely. He isn’t, it turns out, really talking about civil rights, or gay rights, or even marriage. He’s talking about that favorite obsession of the Catholic Church, sex—gay sex in particular. “Gay sex should not be treated as if it were really straight sex,” Webb exclaims rather randomly. Yet “the entire gay marriage appeal rests upon” the single, faulty argument that:
The anus is the same as the vagina. The most intimate act of self-giving, of penetration, in homosexuality is just as sacred, just as physically and psychologically healthy, just as fecund, just as spiritually uplifting, just as mutually pleasurable, and just as tenderly beautiful as the sexual intercourse of a heterosexual couple.
So there we have it. To Webb, marriage isn’t really about compassion and commitment and affection. It’s about a penis “tenderly” entering a “sacred,” “fecund” vagina. And without that act of “uplifting” penile-vaginal intercourse, Webb suggests, a loving union between two people cannot be a real marriage.
 We’ve heard this primitivist, coitus-fixated argument before, of course; anti-gay crusader Robert P. George memorably deployed it to a similarly disturbing effect. The problem with this logic, aside from reducing the marriage bond to an act of genital penetration, is that it surely finds no support outside of orthodox Catholic circles. Very few married couples view penile-vaginal intercourse as the core of their relationship, the physical, spiritual, emotional connection without which their entire marriage would be a sham. Marriage is, and has always been, about so much more than just sex. Yet Webb and his ilk continue to insist that vaginal intercourse is the true basis of any marriage, the font from which all other forms of affection and commitment must spring.
In 2014, this argument finds few takers. Those who seek marriage are fully actualized human adults hoping to create an enduring, lifelong bond of love—not a pair of smitten genitals with bodies attached. I understand that Webb’s sex-obsessed theory is based on an anti-gay interpretation of Catholic theology, and he has every right to promulgate it. But his creepy, graphic rant has likely done little more than reveal his cause as the intellectual fraud that it is.

What’s in McD’s famous french fries? Not just potato and oil?


Its summer and it’s getting hot, sometimes too hot to cook at home. But wether you cook at home or not there is always lunch time. For many it means a trip for fast food. McD’s french fries have always been number one in surveys and I most admit they are my favorites. Have you ever wonder what’s in those crunchy fries?? Thanks to an article in Wired we get the answers. I most admit I was disappointed. I always thought that it was just a very fine nicely cut potato. I’m aware than in NYC restaurants are not allowed to use hydrogenated fats so I assumed it was a potato fried in some sort of vegetable or canola oil. I was disappointed. After you read this if you could let me know how you feel about it I will appreciated it. It will also prompt me to post similar articles once in a while.  


What Exactly Is in McDonald’s French Fries?

POTATOES
Mickey D’s uses varieties like the Russet Burbank, which have a nice oval shape and just the right balance of starch and sugar. Excess sugar can cause a fry to have brown spots where it’s over-caramelized, leaving a burnt taste and deviating from the uniform yellow-arches color. Just in case, the spuds are blanched after slicing, removing surplus sugar.
SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE
Taters can turn a nasty hue even after they’re fried—iron in the spud reacts with the potato’s phenolic compounds, discoloring the tissue. The phosphate ions in SAPP trap the iron ions, stalling the reaction and keeping the potatoes nice and white throughout the process.
VEGETABLE OIL
In the good old days, McDonald’s fries were cooked in beef tallow. But customer demand for less saturated fat prompted a switch to vegetable oil in the early ’90s. Here, that means oils of varying saturations combined into something reminiscent of beef tallow. There’s canola (about 8 percent saturated fat), soybean oil (16 percent), and hydrogenated soybean oil (94 percent). And to replace the essence of beef tallow? “Natural beef flavor,” which contains hydrolyzed wheat and milk proteins that could be a source of meaty-tasting amino acids.
MORE VEGETABLE OIL
That’s right, the fries get two batches of vegetable oil—one for par-frying at the factory and another for the frying bath on location. The second one adds corn oil and an additive called TBHQ, or tertbutylhydroquinone, which at high doses can cause nasty side effects in rats (mmmm … stomach tumors). McDonald’s uses this oil for all its frying, so the stuff usually sits around in big vats, which means it can go rancid as oxygen plucks hydrogens from lipids. TBHQ acts as an antioxidant, replacing those pilfered hydrogens with its own supply.
DEXTROSE
A brief dip in a corn-based sugar solution replaces just enough of the natural sweet stuff that was removed by blanching. The result is a homogeneous outer layer that caramelizes evenly. You’ll add more sugar later when you squirt on the ketchup.
SALT
Sprinkled on just after frying, the crystals are a uniform diameter—just big enough to get absorbed quickly by crackling-hot oil. Now add ketchup and you’ve achieved the hedonistic trifecta: fat, salt, and sugar.
By: Katie M. Palmer

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