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french cassoulet with duck confit 3 servings LA BELLE CHAURIENNE - 3 x 14,82 oz each can + 1 x bag of bouquet garni Théodore Bardin-Cuinet cassoulet au canard
french cassoulet with duck confit 3 servings LA BELLE CHAURIENNE - 3 x 14,82 oz each can + 1 x bag of bouquet garni Théodore Bardin-Cuinet cassoulet au canard
Offered by French grocery from France
Price: $36.33

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT duck confit, October 31, 2013
This is false advertising, it is normal duck meat, not duck confit, please edit your product name and description so I can change my rating. The only duck confit cassoulet from La Belle Chaurienne is the 3 kg tin, otherwise it's the more traditional goose confit.

Shipping is also outrageous, please add flat rate USPS boxes to your shipping options and mention how many tins fit in the different size flat rate boxes or you'll never make a sale.

Other than that, their Duck Cassoulet is great, but their traditional Duck or Goose Confit Cassoulet is really the best preserved French cassoulet you can get. I used to live in Cassoulet country (Toulouse) at the crossroad between the 3 competing regional cassoulets and I have tried many brands, La Belle Chaurienne tops them all.


French Cassoulet With Duck Confit La Belle Chaurienne-Cassoulet Au Canard La Belle Chaurienne-3 Box Pack
French Cassoulet With Duck Confit La Belle Chaurienne-Cassoulet Au Canard La Belle Chaurienne-3 Box Pack
Offered by French grocery from France
Price: $22.59
2 used & new from $22.59

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT duck confit, October 31, 2013
This is false advertising, it is normal duck meat, not duck confit, please edit your product name and description so I can change my rating. The only cassoulet with confit from La Belle Chaurienne has goose confit, they don't offer it with duck confit.

Shipping is also outrageous, please add flat rate USPS boxes to your shipping options and mention how many tins fit in the different size flat rate boxes or you'll never make a sale.

Other than that, their Duck Cassoulet is great, but their traditional Goose Confit Cassoulet is really the best preserved French cassoulet there is. I used to live in Cassoulet country and have tried the 3 different cassoulets and many brands, La Belle Chaurienne tops them all.


The Coming Jobs War
The Coming Jobs War
by Jim Clifton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.23
154 used & new from $2.94

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not worth the hype, March 17, 2012
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This review is from: The Coming Jobs War (Hardcover)
I am rather disappointed with the book, I expected more from the chairman of Gallup, I didn't learn much.
It's expensive too for just 120 pages. OK, 12 chapters of 15-16 pages with the large print and line spacing.

The "jobs" part is of course the perspective of the persons polled by Gallup. I suppose an economist could have called the same book "The race for economical power" but I like Clifton's views for the most part.

There is however an uncalled for imperialist tone of the book though: "winning all the best customers in the world," "to win the job war, America needs to be the best in the world," "whoever ... wins," etc. This is not a "war" and having only one winner means everybody loses. We now live in a global world, and it's only when every country "wins" that the whole world including the U.S. wins. It's exactly the same thing that Clifton acknowledges for the U.S., when one American company profits, all Americans do. Or when the 100 top American cities win, the whole country wins. Just expand the same reasoning to the whole world. It does not happen at the expense of others.

Similarly, the glorification of capitalism as the only solution to this crisis looks inappropriate. I mean, this is what got us in this terrible situation and $15 trillion national debt in the first place, because we gave free reins to irresponsible capitalism and private enterprise. And this goes way beyond economics, it includes the health and environmental issues too, like climate change and pollution, totally ignored by Clifton. The least we should do is question the validity of the current capitalist model and improve or replace it. Now I don't know the solution, but it is obvious that some form of government intervention (not spending,) for instance legislation for social and environmental responsibility, is necessary to lead the industry in the right direction. Because it just won't go there on its own.

With all the stats that Gallup compiles, I found some numbers strangely unsupported by any evidence or irrelevant. For instance, comparing the GDP of countries totally different in size and population. I would have thought that the only possible comparison would be the GDP per capita, or for fun, per square kilometer of arable land.
Same for the round number of 100 top cities and 100 local city leaders, or the 3 out of 1,000 persons with the potential to create $50M/year for their company. If small is beautiful, as Clifton says in different words, every little effort counts, and 200 next cities or the 50 persons who can create $5, 10 or 20M add up to much more in
total. Still, I understand the point. I just don't like to see such precise numbers as if they came directly from some Gallup study.

Clifton's solution for the healthcare problem is courageous but seems a little simplistic. I don't think the solution is just jogging and diet for the obese and terminating artificial life support for people dying of old age (I am exaggerating a bit.) The huge profits made by the drug companies, hospitals, some top doctors, and the huge cost of medical equipment and insurances are most certainly an important factor in the equation.

I also contest the urban focus, I think the countryside is completely underestimated for its potential of contributing to a thriving economy, but that's just me.
I am not just talking about delocalized work made possible by the Internet, and there are tons of them in services, from technical support instead of offshored centers in India to application developers, etc., but actual production jobs too. Each small town should have an ambitious development plan, just not on the same scale as the 100 top cities.
Talking about town, cities, counties, states, I never read articles that support the removal of all these thousands of different stupid local tax rules, to aim toward a unique federal system that applies to everybody and every company. It never made sense to me, and makes even less sense now. They should rename the country The
Dissociated States...

Clifton mentions only too briefly the role of education, I think this is another high priority, because today's kids will be tomorrow's leaders and doers. It's not just that public education is really bad now, but higher education is also not financially available. Students loans debt is $800B, when in Scandinavian countries, students are 'paid' to study.

I left for last the fancy and a bit ridiculous words such as local tribal leader (instead of just local leader,) intrapreneur, city supercollider. The latter seems most inappropriate as the role of a particle accelerator is to crash them against a wall to analyze the splatter. "Incubator" works better for me.

A funny web site: usdebtclock.org


Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones
Sennheiser HD 650 Headphones
Price: $387.95
71 used & new from $340.00

4 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sound but poor design, July 19, 2011
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I won't repeat the reviews about the fantastic sound quality, but after nearly three years and hundreds of hours of use, it's time to report on some unacceptable flaws at this price range.
- First of all is the very uncomfortable pinch of the ears, which has become less of a problem after the first year, but is still very present even now. The phones do not envelop the ear, they are pressed strongly against it, and it rather hurts at the beginning, even through the pads.
- The bridge slips back and forth on the top of the head, there is not one good position that stays fixed if you move a little around.
- The cord is very good and sturdy most of the length, but becomes very thin after the split between the two ears.
- This is especially bad at the point of contact with the connector: The connector is strongly inserted into the headphone and when the cord is pulled, the connector won't pull out but instead, the wires inside the cord will break from the constant pushing and pulling that the cord endures during its lifetime. I see other Amazon users experienced the same problem multiple times on Sennheiser stock cables. The connector should envelop the cord more rigidly and progressively along a centimeter or two more, so the cord cannot be pushed and pulled at a 90° angle, which breaks the wires inside the cord.
- Not too happy about the price that went from $500 to $350 either, this was clearly a rip-off then and probably still is now.
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The Yellow Handkerchief
The Yellow Handkerchief
DVD ~ William Hurt

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best road movie and it has Eddie Redmayne!, August 21, 2010
This review is from: The Yellow Handkerchief (DVD)
In the days of The Expandables action movies or FX fantasies, The Yellow Handkerchief is a real gem of pure humanity and emotion.
In this road movie, 2 teenagers travel with an ex-convict, and they are just 2 empty vessels eager to be filled by the life experiences of William Hurt and build their future adulthood.

William Hurt's character has a lot to rebuild too, and his acting is magnificent all along. The 2 teens are Kristen Stewart and Eddie Redmayne, who are also transforming and learning about themselves and relationships with others at the same pace as the road trip. There is a good feeling from the start of the movie and a nice progression till the end. Eddie Redmayne is particularly shining as a modest character, just like he is in the current The Pillars of the Earth series.

Definitely the best coming of age and road movie for a while. A long while, since it was first shown at the Sundance festival over 2.5 years ago, and still no DVD on the horizon.
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My Antidote
My Antidote
5 used & new from $46.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut album and it's not all good, it's all perfect, August 2, 2010
This review is from: My Antidote (Audio CD)
It's not available on amazon.com at this time, so check it out on other European sites. I hope Amazon will find another cheaper procurement channel and support this artist.

Every single song is a 5-star pure gem, it looks like Swedish Idol 2008 gave Johan access to great and passionate producers and musicians who are committed to make each catchy song a success. The whole album is full of energy and incredibly sounds more like a mature band at the pinnacle of its career than a debut album. Check out the songs full length on YouTube.

Here's the song list as it's missing from Amazon:

01 Teenage Battlefield
02 Emma-Lee
03 Come On
04 All the Time in the World
05 Danger Danger
06 Antidote
07 Satellite
08 You're Killing Me
09 More to Her Than Meets the Eye
10 Let the Dream Begin

The title song "Antidote", "You're Killing Me" and "More to Her Than Meets the Eye" are probably the most accomplished songs of the album, the latter two have this "it's the last song of the concert but I don't want it to finish ever" feeling, if you know what I mean. Best 6 euros/10 bucks you'll ever spend.


We Stitch These Wounds
We Stitch These Wounds
Price: $11.48
60 used & new from $3.24

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album, August 2, 2010
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This review is from: We Stitch These Wounds (Audio CD)
What a great start in the physical media world for Back Veil Brides!
I granted 4.5 or 5 stars to most of the songs in the album, which makes it a great debut album. Only one song did not make it with me. Andy Sixx and his band play what I'll call "soft screemo". Still has plenty of punch, although I feel it could use a bit more at times. I am not a great fan of singers who roar indistinctly like they're about to puke a cat from their throat; Thankfully Andy is quite articulate and the guitar playing in every song is magnificent. Recording quality is great and crisp too, you can really hear each instrument and even each separate note.

- The title song "We Stitch These Wounds" (5*) sets the tone to the album, although dumb as I am, I admit it took me a two consecutive listenings to the album to raise it from 4 to 5 stars.
- "Beautiful Remains" (5*) is even more dynamic and screamo, great music, voices and rhythm all over.
- "Children Surrender" (5*) is quite catchy, with great guitar riffs and changes of tone and voice accompaniments. One of my favorite songs after the next two.
- But the highlight of the album is probably "Perfect Weapon" (5*) and "Knives And Pens" (5*). These are songs that will stay with you for life and sell you the whole album on their own merit. Check them out full length on YouTube.
- "Never Give In" (5*) is the actual call to arms of the intro, and the sweet "Carolyn" (5*) is a fantastic song, both are right there with "Children Surrender" behind my 2 other favs.

- The other 4 songs are getting there too, except for "The Mortician's Daughter" (3*), a slow love song that sounds like a filler. It's nice to break the screemo rhythm once in a while, but not at the cost of breaking the album's cohesion. Plus, it should really be named "The Mortician's Son" to be true to Andy's feelings... ^-^
- "All Your Hate" (4.5*) has superb guitar riffs, "Heaven's Calling" (4*) is great too, with its stereo screemo effects, "Sweet Blasphemy" (4.5) should be the anthem of all teenagers. I won't edit this review, but I am pretty sure I'll eventually raise these 3 songs to 5* after a few more listens.

At $13 just a week after its release, you can't go wrong with this album.

Oh, and disregard the 1-star rating from the angry customer that has a grudge against screemo and scene kids, and speaks mostly about the myspace site, the words in the song titles or in the lyrics, the 30-second vocal intro, but never about the music or the album.

If you like debut albums, check out Sweedish teenager Johan Palm's My Antidote. Definitely not screemo, more like rock/pop (I hate stupid labels!), but it's kind of the same "call to arms" sort of theme.
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Congratulations
Congratulations
Offered by cdgiveaways
Price: $11.31
83 used & new from $0.32

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe less "popular", but more MGMT and I love it, April 20, 2010
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This review is from: Congratulations (Audio CD)
On the whole, this album is slower than Oracular Spectacular, but the music is at least as good, I found the voice melodies even better and richer. It is perhaps less accessible and "spectacular" than OS at first, but Congratulations will quickly grow on you.
Many songs have music and vocals that build up progressively, so it's impossible to evaluate this album if you listened only to the first 30 seconds samples.

1. It's Working: Eerie vocals, catchy melody. Great introduction to the album.
2. Song for Dan Treacy: The first half is good but it's the last part that really makes up for it.
3. Someone's Missing: Again, a good start (voice is a tad too unnatural) that ends even better.
4. Flash Delirium: Fantastic song and lyrics.
5. I Found a Whistle: Such a sweet song, catchy melody too. Pretty OS-like.
6. Siberian Breaks: 7 different melodies (and one instrumental) into 1 song, the 5th part (@6:08) is a great trip!
7. Brian Eno: Very funny and the catchiest song of the album.
8. Lady Dada's Nightmare: Instrumental only. Again, starts slowly and builds up to more complex patterns.
9. Congratulations: Another OS-like and slow song, my least preferred, but this is likely to change with time, as I can already tell I am getting to love the whole album more and more with each listen.

Highlights: I Found a Whistle, Brian Eno, Flash Delirium, It's Working, Siberian Break.


Leave Your Sleep (2CD)
Leave Your Sleep (2CD)
Price: $21.29
62 used & new from $6.47

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little boys do not like being chewed, April 17, 2010
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This review is from: Leave Your Sleep (2CD) (Audio CD)
First, do yourself and future generations a favor, get the double CD album, not the 1-CD compilation, it comes with a huge 80-page hard-cover(!) booklet with a beautifully designed cover and chock-full of information and lyrics that is an integral part to understand this 5-year project. See also her show on ted(dot)com, where she explains the spirit behind some of the songs and writers.

Then listen to the album, you'll find each song is a little soulful gem of creativeness, with carefully chosen lyrics from mind-blowing poems, great melodies recorded with many fantastic musicians like Lúnasa <3, and vocals that will haunt you for years to come.
The title of this review comes from The Sleepy Giant, to show that these songs are not all your traditional nursery rhymes, but there are just too many great songs (many that are not on the 1-CD album), covered in other reviews anyway.

And do yourself another favor ignoring the negative reviews from people who were expecting Rock or Pop songs, or listened to some of the single CD songs in a shop! Great recording quality, by the way.


I Roast 2, New In Box, 110 Volt 60 Hz (US Specs) Home Coffee Roaster, 150 Gm/5.3 Oz capacity
I Roast 2, New In Box, 110 Volt 60 Hz (US Specs) Home Coffee Roaster, 150 Gm/5.3 Oz capacity

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too noisy and unforgiving coffee roaster, December 23, 2009
The good:
- Excellent uniform roasting for small batches, for instance half a cup.
- 10 programs make it easy to roast small and large beans separately, or different varieties, for different roast levels.
- I never experienced the smoking issue frequently reported, possibly because I use small batches, lower temperatures and stop before the beans get overburnt (and overly carcinogen.)
- The smell is divine from start (herbal notes) to end (delicious roast as expected.)

The bad:
- The programing system is not intuitive, you need the manual. You need more than the manual, because you'll have no clue how many minutes at how much temp, followed by how long and hot again, and again. They should preset the 10 programs instead of letting the beginner roaster mess about, this is extremely frustrating!
- Anything over half a cup will make it difficult to get evenly roasted beans and seems to overload/overheat/kill the roaster and make smoke. The layer of beans becomes too heavy for the air flow to shuffle them around effectively.
- The locking system for the pot and its top is the worst cumbersome unpractical device ever!
- Roasting requires constant monitoring towards the end, I frequently need to stop it before it reaches the end of its program because the beans already reached the desired roast.
- The parts needs thorough cleaning after every roast, as coffee oils tend to stick and burn at next roasting.
- You need a dedicated setup: A little higher on the counter so you can actually read the screen, good lighting, never move the roaster from its location even for cleaning. I can't use the exhaust attachment but do it if you can, and you need a vacuum sealing machine or vacuum containers to store the roasted beans after they vented out and cooled down. Green beans should also be kept in a vacuum to keep fresh, according to sweetmarias tests.
- I would have loved to smell that delicious roasting smell in the morning for breakfast, but roasted coffee need to rest at least 9 hours, so you always need to prepare a batch or two at least the day before.

The ugly:
- The roaster is NOISY as hell: You CANNOT use it in an apartment. Even in a house, it is horrible to stand by it while you monitor manually the last stages of the roast. iRoast should sound-proof the fan engine (so we can actually hear the second crack.)
- Like in about 8 customer reviews, my glass pot also developed a crack that soon spread out. It was located near the handle, so I suspect the awkward locking system.

In summary:
Still a great roaster if your usage is small batches 3-4 times a week, but you need to keep extremely good care of your roaster, and be aware that programming does not mean fully automatic roasting, the last minutes of roasting are critical to monitor manually. But the noise alone removes 2 stars from this review, it's that bad.


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