Summary of “How to Make Your Own BBQ Sauce”

While a good BBQ spice rub is usually more important to achieving lip-smacking taste, many backyard grilling enthusiasts also love to slather a sauce on their fire-cooked meats.
Be it as a marinade or a sandwich topping, the right sauce can really enhance the flavor of just about any of your BBQ favorites.
Pre-bottled sauces are alright, but you can take your summer grilling up a notch by creating your own DIY sauce.
BBQ sauces begin with a tomato base – typically tomato paste or very often ketchup; it may seem a hair less “Pure” to use a condiment to make another condiment, but it’s common even amongst expert BBQ-ers, as ketchup already has some spices built in, as well as a high sugar content that helps turn the sauce into a nice sticky glaze.
I asked a buddy and sauce expert Michael McCord to come up with a classic sweet-style sauce that will please nearly any palate.
I asked Karl Engel, award-winning BBQ chef and mastermind behind our highly instructive summer grilling video series, for a BBQ sauce recipe; while he wouldn’t give me his personal secret recipe, he did share a good base that can be tweaked to your own specifications and taste.
The one thing I have learned about making your own BBQ sauce is that there are as many recipes and opinions on it as there are grains of sand on the beach.
Making and developing your own sauce is a fun thing to do and lets you develop something that you or your family specifically like.

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Summary of “The Justice Who Built the Trump Court”

Hyperbole is the native tongue of political prognostication, but it’s no exaggeration to assert that the Supreme Court appears headed for a conservative era unlike anything since the 1937 “Switch in time that saved nine”-when the court began to validate the New Deal legislation it had struck down all through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first term.
If you’re looking for the real source of what is happening, I propose a different, and at first blush, unlikely candidate: a justice who retired nine years ago, and whose departure had no impact on the ideological composition of the court.
His court decisions on almost every issue reflected a consistent conservative philosophy.
The blowback from Souter made the Supreme Court a key-if not the key-issue for conservatives when judging candidates for high office.
More telling, the court turned out to have far more salience as a voting issue with conservatives than with liberals, who were perhaps comforted by the past 60 years of court history.
Even after Mitch McConnell refused even to hold hearings for Antonin Scalia’s successor, even with the clear evidence that the court’s future was at stake, Supreme Court voters-the 1 in 5 who cited the court as their top issue-broke 56-41for Trump.
Almost 30 years after Souter’s nomination, the prospect of a court that, well into the future, will be fighting their deepest beliefs has sent at least some of the liberal community into the same desperate search for alternatives as the right went through half a century ago.
Conservatives argued for everything from removing justices–to limiting the court’s jurisdiction, to creating a court composed of state Supreme Court judges to overrule them.

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Summary of “Why you should think twice before getting in a pool”

You’re more likely to get sick from the pathogens in pool water than a natural body of water.
Water in streams and lakes can contain chemicals like pesticides that seep out of the surrounding land, plus bacteria from animal poop that’s in and around the water.
That’s why we established the Safe Drinking Water Act in the first place-because drinking water easily poses a major public health risk if not properly sanitized.
Most of the pathogens causing problems get transmitted via the fecal-oral route, meaning an infected person swims in water and the bug travels from their anus into the water, and then someone else either swallows that water or inhales aerosolized droplets of it.
About 80 percent of the illnesses contracted from treated water were caused by Cryptosporidium, a parasite that lives in animal intestines and spreads by shedding itself from feces into water sources.
The combination of warm water and lots of people from lots of places is trouble, especially if the staff doesn’t properly chlorinate their water.
Pool supply and hardware stores often carry testing strips for pools that determine chlorine level and pH. They’re light and portable, so you can stash them in your pool bag and make a habit of testing the water.
Any water with lots of humans swimming in it is likely full of potential pathogens, but at least in a larger body of water you’ve got the benefit of dilution.

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Summary of “Want to Schedule a Productive Workday? Follow These 4 Really Simple Strategies.”

Consider keeping several to-do lists based on how long each task and goal will take to complete.
Use this as a guiding principle to identify which tasks really belong at the top of your to-do list, and don’t let less important items get in the way.
“C” signifies tasks that are “Nice to accomplish;” but not as vital as A or B tasks.
“E” stands for “Eliminate.” Non-essential tasks should be culled from your to-do list in order to free up your time to focus on the tasks that are higher in the hierarchy.
No matter what method you use to prioritize your tasks, try to focus on the most essential items first rather than simply ticking off less critical tasks because they’re easier to complete.
Don’t beat yourself up if you’re unable to focus on one task for hours at a time.
The Pomodoro technique encourages short bursts of deep focus and helps build a positive habit of ignoring external distractions, to focus on a specific and important task.
Utilizing to-do lists effectively, prioritizing your tasks, monotasking instead of multitasking and employing the use of “Sprints” can all serve to help you get the most out of the hours you invest in your work.

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Summary of “The Death of the American Soccer Troll”

Every few days, a certain kind of fan tells Phillips, one of the best soccer writers on the planet, that he shouldn’t use the word “Soccer.” He should use “Football.” There’s a name for this sort of pest: the soccer snob.
Whenever I see another snob taking a dive, I wonder what happened to their counterpart: the American soccer troll.
You know, the person who showed up during every World Cup to declare that soccer sucked; that the sport was deeply and fatally un-American; that the U.S. soccer boom was a mass illusion schemed up by a few guys in Brooklyn.
In 2018, the American soccer troll has more or less vanished.
Because while soccer trolls might seem as anachronistic as baseball columnists who swear they’ll never read Moneyball, they are a big part of the recent history of American sportswriting.
Deford: “Soccer kids can’t wait for soccer moms to pick them up at practice so they can go home and watch true-blue ‘Mercan games.” Barra: “Soccer is played by hundreds of thousands of American kids without the slightest enthusiasm-kids who can’t wait to bolt and get home to their skateboards and video games.”
Some American soccer trolls at least flirted with the idea.
The first reason the American soccer troll disappeared is that the U.S. men’s team didn’t make the World Cup.

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Summary of “Productivity 101: A Primer To The Getting Things Done Philosophy”

Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a system for getting organised and staying productive.
What Is GTD. Getting Things Done is actually two things: a productivity method and a best-selling book by author and productivity consultant David Allen.
Put simply, GTD is a method for organising your to-dos, priorities and your schedule in a way that makes them all manageable.
Here’s a helpful video where David Allen explains how to clarify your to-dos so they don’t require more time to figure out what you meant than it takes to actually do the thing you wanted to do.
Second, give your to-do list an in-depth review periodically to see where you’re making progress, where you need to adjust your priorities, and determine how the system is working for you.
It’s the small things that make it, and if your to-do list is starting to get bloated with categories, varying priorities, and all sorts of labels and flags and functions, it’s time to go back to square one and simplify.
His workspace always has notepads nearby, so he can jot down ideas and to-dos quickly and get them out of his head. If you like the paper approach too, the previously mentioned Bullet Journal system is very GTD-friendly, in that it encourages you to spend time reviewing and prioritiing your to-dos, and it makes it easy to add new to-dos to your list.
Any to-do app or note-taking tool that also lets you organise, prioritise and review the things you have to do will work.

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Summary of “3 Common Hiring Mistakes New Managers Should Avoid”

The recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and on-boarding of even one new employee is a time-intensive process every manager takes seriously.
While there are many issues you’re likely to be consciously aware of when you’re hiring – like the specific skills the new person will need, and the tasks you want them to perform – each of us also has a subconscious mind at work.
How are you hoping to “Feel better” as a result of a new hire; what pain points do you expect to heal? If you onboard someone who can do the functional job you need done, but can’t do the emotional job, no matter what they do, you will not be satisfied.
Hiring a new person is an opportunity to do something differently than before – to innovate.
Before you hire someone solely as a way to shrink your own task-list, ask if you may be better served by delegating some tasks to other team members, offering them new mountains to climb.
A more disturbing version of this problem is when a manager wants to hire someone to take on not the boring work, but the “Dirty work.” It’s not just new managers who make this mistake – a few years ago, I was invited to interview for the CFO role at a fast-growing tech company.
In my experience, managers like this aren’t usually conscious of wanting to hire a scapegoat.
By investigating the emotional “Job-to-be-done” of a new hire, as well as the actual job we need them to do, we become less likely to hire the wrong person for the wrong role, and more likely to hire a great person for a great role.

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Summary of “A record number of folks age 85 and older are working. Here’s what they’re doing.”

Seventy may be the new 60, and 80 may be the new 70, but 85 is still pretty old to work in America.
Overall, 255,000 Americans 85 years old or older were working over the past 12 months.
Labor Department figures show that at every year of age above 55, U.S. residents are working or looking for work at the highest rates on record.
Workers age 30 and younger are staying on the sidelines at rates not seen since the 1960s and ’70s, when women weren’t yet entering the workforce at the level they are today.
People who are still working at age 85 or above are, as you might guess, unusual.
Workers age 85 and older are more common in less physical industries, such as management and sales, than they are in demanding ones such as manufacturing and construction.
Nobody questions whether older workers can make a difference.
Few people of any age get the opportunity to work as crossing guards, funeral directors or musicians.

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Summary of “The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban”

The DEA agents and their Afghan protégés were left to stanch the flow of drug money to the growing insurgency.
In November 2009, three DEA agents and seven American soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed after a particularly intense drug raid in western Afghanistan.
“We were trying very hard to keep Afghanistan on a course, and there was no single way to address the Taliban problem,” Kaidanow said, adding that her interest in putting the brakes on any DEA efforts in country would have been driven by concerns that “Everything they did was well vetted and coordinated” with other U.S. efforts.
Schwendiman wrote a secret memorandum warning a senior Justice official in Washington that Kaidanow had iced Operation Reciprocity and ousted McFarland as part of a broader campaign to immediately shut down all U.S. law enforcement operations in Afghanistan – especially the DEA’s – even though the drawdown was more than a year away.
In Afghanistan, many U.S. officials – and numerous coalition allies – supported the DEA’s targeting of Taliban leadership on drug trafficking charges “As a much more strategic and fruitful way forward” than either military force or negotiations, said Candace Rondeaux, a strategic U.S. adviser for SIGAR at the time.
Since the 2014 drawdown, the dozen or so DEA personnel in Afghanistan have remained almost entirely “Inside the wire,” or within the fortified U.S. Embassy compound, one drug agency official said.
Two senior DEA officials acknowledged that shutting down Operation Reciprocity and withdrawing most agents significantly undermined the overall counternarcotics effort in Afghanistan, but said DEA never stopped focusing intensively on top Taliban drug kingpins and their global operations.
Who declined interview requests, and other Trump officials have said little publicly about whether the DEA and Justice Department figure into their plans to stop the Taliban and drug lords from seizing control of Afghanistan.

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Summary of “9 Essential Personal Finance Skills to Teach Your Kid Before They Move Out”

Your child is on the verge of moving out and living on their own.
Consider these ways that you can help your child build a base of financial knowledge before they move out.
Once your child understands how bank interest rates work, they’ll need to know about the tendency banks have to charge fees to account holders.
Tell your child how they can avoid these fees by researching the best bank accounts and reading the fine print.
Show your child that credit card interest rates can be exorbitant, and that high balances can lead to a debt spiral from which they may never escape.
If your child needs to purchase a refrigerator for their apartment, convey to them that they should seek out the best quality model at a price that fits their budget.
Shopping for value is a skill that can be learned, and one that could save your child a considerable amount of money over time.
You don’t need to teach your child how to replace a catalytic converter, but it helps if they have a decent foundation of car knowledge.

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