THIS AND THAT (December 29th)

Tiny Kittens Rescue Service

“TinyKittens is volunteer-run, and our purpose is to blaze new trails in animal rescue. We want to show that every life has value, and we often prove that by taking on the really hard cases that wouldn’t be given a chance anywhere else.”

Their activities include fostering pregnant feral cats, maintaining a feral cat recovery ward, a trap-neuter-return program and “kitties in the classroom,” teaching kindness.

You can see their work on LIVE rescue kitten tv.


The next two items are from Smithsonian pop-ups: Federal Tea Taster and White Knights with an accompanying blog.

For 99 years, the FDA had a department called “The Board of Tea Experts” whose function was to test imported teas:

The FDA Used to Have People Whose Job Was to Taste Tea

By Kate Eschner

“The Board of Tea Experts, as they were called, was created as part of the Tea Importation Act of 1897.” The concern was more about purity, because then all kinds of adulartents were found in all kinds of foods. The chemistry for a detailed analysis wasn’t available, so tasting was the test. The Federal government had been trying to get rid of it since the Nixon administration, but the act was finally repealed in 1996. At the time of repeal, the head tea-taster was chemist Robert H. Dick, an assistant tea taster, Faith Lim, both based in Brooklyn, and two further tasters at the ports in Boston and San Francisco.

The tea-tasters way of brewing is somewhat the way I do it but without weighing the tea. Otherwise, I brew it, poured it and tasted it. The article didn’t go further, and I wonder if the tasters also steamed the leaves by rinsing the pot in boiling water before adding the tea and let it sit while boiling the water for it.


White knights?

Contradicting certain current ideas about the Middle Ages, again from the Smithsonian, Not All the Knights of the Round Table Were White

By Rose Eveleth

In addition to the knights we’ve all heard about (No? Go to Wikipedia), there is also a Sir Morien: “He was all black, even as I tell ye: his head, his body, and his hands were all black, saving only his teeth. His shield and his armour were even those of a Moor, and black as a raven…”

The article points to the delightful blog, Elodie Under Glass, “In vitro veritas: science, feminism and the media.”

In her article, Black Knights, Green Knights, Knights of Color All A-Round: Race and the Round Table, Elodie states, “Since it seems like some sad internet people are mad that a man of color is going to play a role in a modern adaptation of the King Arthur mythos, I thought I would drop some classical-education truth-bombs about the 5-ish Known Men Of Color in King Arthur.”

“First off, six percent of the Knights of the Round Table were men of color. Granted, that’s only three out of 49 men, but the entire expanded United States Congress is hovering around 13% people of color and only has one black Senator.”

She discuss a Sir Palamedes the Saracen, and his brothers, Sir Safir and Sir Segwarides. They were Saracen (Arabic) princes, the sons of King Esclabor of Babylon, an area near modern Baghdad.

Elodie also points out that “Interestingly, in Arthur’s time, race as we know it didn’t exist; Western Racism is a very modern, very colonialist concept.”

She relates different arthurian legends in her delightful blog.
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Here’s Tiny Kitten’s  Amelia and her brothers

Amelia and brothers
That’s that for This And That for December 29th.



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