IRAN DEFIES NUCLEAR INSPECTORS, REFUSES TO PROVIDE IMAGES OF NUCLEAR SITES

Consolidated Press News File

May 23, 2021

TEHRAN — International monitors will no longer be provided surveillance photos of Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, raising diplomatic tensions in Vienna as world powers work on a deal to save Tehran’s nuclear agreement.

The remarks of Iran’s parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, broadcast on state television, highlighted the closing window for the United States and others to reach an agreement with Iran.

The Islamic Republic is now enriching and stockpiling uranium at speeds far above those permitted by its nuclear deal signed in 2015.

“Regarding this, and based on the expiration of the three-month deadline, definitely the International Atomic Energy Agency will not have the right to access images from May 22,” Qalibaf said.

The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said he would address reporters later Sunday in Vienna.

The IAEA said in 2017 that under an “Additional Protocol” with Iran, it “collects and analyzes hundreds of thousands of images captured daily by its sophisticated surveillance cameras.”  The organization also stated at the time that “2,000 tamper-proof seals on nuclear material and equipment” had been installed.

If European signatories do not have exemptions from oil and banking sanctions by February, Iran’s hardline parliament passed a bill in December that would cancel part of UN inspections of its nuclear facilities.  The IAEA and Iran agreed to keep the surveillance photos for three months, with Tehran promising to remove them if no agreement was made.

It was unclear if the photographs from February had been removed.  Prior to Qalibaf’s remarks, lawmaker Ali Reza Salimi called for an open session of parliament to ensure that the photographs were “erased” by Iran’s civilian nuclear force.  Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization did not respond to a request for comment on the announcement right away.

Salimi, a cleric from Iran’s central city of Delijan, said, “Order the head of the Atomic Energy Organization to avoid delay . . . Recorded images in the cameras should be removed.”

It was still unclear what this meant for IAEA in-person inspections.  Iran is subject to IAEA protections at 18 nuclear plants and nine other sites.

Panna Cotta

Cooking with Anatole, The Chicago Times

May 22, 2021

Mon ami, today we enjoy the sweet taste of Panna Cotta from nord de l’italie.  Ah, le plaisir is abundant in this one, no?  Sweetened cream-like custard aromatisé with vanilla, coffee, or fresh fruit!

Attention, s’il vous plaît, let us prepare les ingrédients:

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Other toppings of choice

Anatole’s instructions:

  • Pour milk into bowl and mix gelatin per package instructions, then set aside for 5-10 min.
  • Over a medium heat, mix and stir heavy cream and sugar in your most trusted saucepan.
  • Bring mixture to full boil and pour in milk/gelatin mixture.  Be sure to mix thoroughly until gelatin is dissolved.
  • Cook for one minute while continuing to stir.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and pour into appropriate dishes that make a grande présentation!
  • Let your masterpiece cool uncovered for 4 hours and place in réfrigérateur over night.
  • Enjoy with favorite toppings.

Anatole’s Critique:

Excellent, mon ami!  The sweetness with the vanilla is incroyableJe Anatole, is filled with souvenirs d’enfance et mère.  Until we meet again, au revoir.

TULSI GABBARD DEMANDS LIGHTFOOT RESIGN FOR RACIST COMMENTS

Consolidated Press News File

May 21, 2021

Former Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called for the immediate resignation of bigot Mayor Lightfoot for overt racist comments made Wednesday.  Gabbard, a former Democratic presidential nominee, also encouraged President Joe Biden and other politicians to join her in a tweet.

Gabbard said, “Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent . . . I urge President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other county leaders of all races to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation . . . All forms of bigotry, like anti-white racism, must be condemned by our leaders.”

Lightfoot, Chicago’s first Democrat Black lesbian mayor, has faced backlash since saying she will only give individual interviews to journalists of color in honor of her second year as mayor.  Obviously, she missed the day in class when most students heard, learned, and were inspired by Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech.

In a two-page letter on Wednesday, Lightfoot also chastised the city’s media outlets for their “overwhelming whiteness and maleness.”

Lightfoot’s bigoted comments continued: “In looking at the absence of diversity across the City Hall press corps and other newsrooms, sadly it does not appear that many of the media institutions in Chicago have caught on and truly have not embraced this moment,” she wrote. “I have been struck since my first day on the campaign trail back in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically . . . this is why, on the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city, I’m being deliberate about prioritizing media inquiries from POC reporters.”

Sources on the 5th Floor hinted that the comments were made to distract from the growing crime problems plaguing Chicago and the recent vote of “no confidence” by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police that represents rank and file police officers. 

LIGHTFOOT CELEBRATES TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, HUNDREDS PROTEST MAYOR

by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

May 21, 2021

Hundreds gathered in Logan Square Park on Thursday evening to protest against Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s litany of perceived failings as she hit the halfway point of her first year in office.

The rally, which was organized by members of the Chicago Teachers Union and local activist organizations, gave some of Lightfoot’s harshest opponents a platform to air their grievances.

Many condemned the mayor’s handling of Anjanette Young’s failed raid and the deadly police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, while others chastised her for failing to follow through on campaign promises.

Some of the marchers carried imitation report cards with failing marks as they marched from Logan Square Park to Lightfoot’s neighboring home.  The marchers were stopped by a Chicago police barrier at Wrightwood and Kimball avenues, as they had been in previous rallies outside Lightfoot’s well protected home.

The mayor’s anniversary, according to Jazmine Salas, co-chair of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression, “is not a celebration . . . With Lori Lightfoot as our mayor, Chicagoans are living in a nightmare . . . What a farce she campaigned for office as a reformer.”

Similar remarks on other critical topics interspersed with impromptu dancing sessions accompanied by some of the shouts that became rallying cries during last summer’s rallies.  The uprising’s spirit could be sensed all over the place.

Although the CTU is not a fan of the Mayor, many citizens will remember Lightfoot’s inaction (other than raising the bridges) during last year’s riots and looting that plagued the city.  Some see this “celebration press conference”, which excluded some reporters based on their race, as a smoke and mirrors tactic by the Mayor to cover up failures.

DUPAGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES SEES SURGE IN SURRENDERED RABBITS THIS YEAR

County of DuPage

May 12, 2021

DuPage County Animal Services has seen a large increase in the number of domestic rabbits at its shelter, with 120 rabbits accepted since January and 63 accepted in the last two weeks.

The recent waves of surrendered rabbits occurred when local pet stores sold two allegedly misgendered rabbits, resulting in accidental litters. Rabbits purchased from pet stores and breeders are typically not spayed or neutered and can breed between four and five months old. It’s common for an accidental litter to quickly become two accidental litters.

“Too often we hear from pet owners surrendering their rabbits that they made an impulse buy at the pet store for their kids before realizing how much work they are to care for or how expensive it is to spay or neuter them,” said Brian Krajewski, Chairman of the DuPage County Board Animal Services Committee. “We encourage people to do their homework to determine if a rabbit is a good pet before they buy. We have a rabbit care guide on our website that we encourage people to review.”

DuPage County Animal Services is one of the few shelters in the region that accepts domestic rabbits as strays and owner-surrendered pets. Animal Services continues to work with local rabbit rescues and shelter members of the Chicagoland Humane Coalition, a consortium of Chicago area animal welfare organizations, to move this large intake of rabbits and relieve the population at the County shelter.

For more information on rabbit care and adoption, please visit https://www.dupageco.org/animalservices/.

County of DuPage

SUNDAY BANDSHELL CONCERTS START JUNE 13

Cantigny Park

Wheaton, Ill., May 17, 2021 — Cantigny’s popular summer concert series officially begins on June 13 with a performance by classic rock band VOYAGE, at 3 pm. The Sunday afternoon concerts at the Cantigny bandshell have been on hiatus since 2019 due to the pandemic.

“Our summer events calendar is filling up fast, thankfully, but I think the concerts are what visitors have been missing the most,” said Matt LaFond, Cantigny Park executive director. “So many people have been asking about them so it’s exciting to announce that live music is returning to the park.” 

Concert logistics, naturally, are a bit different this year. The shows remain free, but for now people must acquire tickets online via Eventbrite. Tickets will be required for entry, with no walk-ups allowed. Full details are posted on Cantigny.org, including health and safety guidelines.

The park also announced it will host Cruise Night Tuesdays, starting May 25. Visitors are encouraged to bring their classic or restored vehicles to the park from 5 to 8 pm and mingle with fellow car enthusiasts. On some Tuesdays, the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park will display military vehicles from its historic motor pool. 

Cantigny Park is open daily from 7 am to sunset, and open one hour past sunset on Wednesdays. Parking is $5 per car and free on the first Wednesday of the month. The summer parking fee on Saturdays and Sundays is $10, effective June 5.

Cantigny Park members receive free parking, invitations to exclusive events, and other benefits. More information is online at Cantigny.org.

Cantigny Park