What is a Ghost Gun?  Curious Dora takes a look at Ghost Guns

What is a Ghost Gun? Curious Dora takes a look at Ghost Guns

Curious Dora Takes a Quick Look at Ghost Guns

I recently heard the term Ghost Gun on a TV newscast and I wondered-what is a Ghost Gun?

The term “ghost gun” has been around for a few years now, but it’s become increasingly popular in recent months. This is likely due to the fact that they are becoming easier to make with the help of online kits and 3D printing technology.

A ghost gun is a homemade firearm that can be made with a 3d printer. This usually means that the weapon is made without any serial number and isn’t registered with the government. In some cases, it can also refer to firearms which have had their serial numbers removed or altered.

Gun manufacturers are required to put serial numbers on weapons, but the law doesn’t regulate most parts of a weapon. This makes them difficult to trace back to the person who bought them or their origin. They are often made from kits and can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. Because of this, they have become popular among criminals and those who want to avoid background checks. In response to this growing trend, the Biden administration has announced a crackdown on ghost guns, ensuring that the ATF has the leadership it needs to enforce our gun laws.

The number of websites offering these kits has been increasing in recent years, making it easier than ever to assemble your own handgun or AR-15 without going through rigorous background checks and waiting periods. Keep in mind that most of these guns are illegal in states like California, New York, and Illinois. That said, Ghost guns are generally legal, with one exception: if someone is a felon or has been adjudged mentally unstable they cannot make their own firearms under current laws.

How Easy Is It to Get a Ghost Gun?

It’s not as easy as you might think to get your hands on a ghost gun. Although they are becoming more popular, there are still quite a few hoops you have to jump through in order to obtain one.

For starters, only federal authorities can regulate the manufacture, distribution and sale of ghost guns. This means that states need to take immediate action in order to prevent unlawful use of these firearms.

Second, self-made guns are the fastest growing problem in gun safety . More than 1,000 ghost guns are made every month in the United States , and it’s becoming a popular weapon of choice for criminals and people with legal problems.

Finally, only a handful of places make ghost guns legally available . They require a red tape process and many of them do not allow customers to buy the finished product.

The Biden Administration Cracks Down on Ghost Guns

The Biden Administration is committed to ensuring that our gun laws are enforced. This includes cracking down on the manufacture and sale of ghost guns. Ghost guns are firearms that are not registered with the government and thus cannot be traced. The Biden Administration has a track record of success in reducing crime, including domestic violence and religious extremism. They have brought together leadership and innovation to take on this issue, and we can be sure that they will succeed in solving it.

How Do I Get Rid of A Ghost Gun?

It is becoming increasingly difficult to get rid of a ghost gun. these firearms, which are made from parts that aren’t regulated by the federal government, can be assembled in less than an hour without a background check or any documentation. Assembling a ghost gun is as easy as pie-you just need some basic tools and knowledge about firearms.

However, because these weapons avoid all regulation and oversight from law enforcement agencies, they present one of the most dangerous aspects to gun safety in America today. This is why it’s important for individuals who have ghost guns to find ways to get rid of them safely and securely.

One way to dispose of a ghost gun is by surrendering it to authorities. However, this option may not be available in every state or locality. Another way is to sell or give the weapon away to someone else who can legally possess it. Finally, you can destroy the firearm yourself using a method that renders it inoperable.

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CURIOUS DORA: The Borscht Belt – A History of the Jewish Vacationland

CURIOUS DORA: The Borscht Belt – A History of the Jewish Vacationland

Photo: Concord Hotel, Kiamesha Lake, New York – Wikipedia

The Borscht Belt: A History of the Jewish Vacationland

What Is the Borscht Belt?

Granit Hotel Country Club Kerhonkson New York Wikipedia

The Borscht Belt was a region in the Catskill Mountains where many Jewish immigrants settled and started businesses due to its religious tolerance and lack of anti-Semitism. The Catskill hotels served as a place for people to go on their vacations during the summertime and would often serve food that was like what they had at home: such as bagels, pickles, lox, matzo ball soup, blintzes etc.

(Photo: Granit Hotel & Country Club, Kerhonkson, NY-Wikipedia)

The Borscht Belt became very popular in the late 1920s with resorts such as Grossinger’s attracting celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Groucho Marx.* The Borscht Belt was eventually abandoned after many Jews moved away from cities looking for new opportunities.

While it is commonly thought that there are no longer any hotels left in the Catskill Mountain region, there are ruins of one resort still standing: Grossinger’s Resort Hotel, which opened on July 4th, 1925 and closed down on November 30th, 2010 after being sold to new owners.

History of The Borscht Belt

The Borscht Belt began in the late 1800s and peaked in popularity during the 1920s. In recent years, many hotel owners have had to close their doors due to competition from new hotels and new technology. The disappearance of the Borscht Belt can be attributed to a variety of different factors: changing tastes, competition from eCommerce companies like Amazon, improved travel options such as Uber/Lyft/Rideshares, etc.

The Borscht Belt was primarily a place for Jews from Eastern Europe, who came to be entertained and find their own type of leisure there. Tourists came to the Borscht Belt for work, as well as entertainment and leisure.

Grossingers ping pong Liberty New York Wikipedia

The Borscht Belt was a rural area in the United States, which became popular among Jewish farmers and their socialist communities. The “back-to-the-earth communes” as well as political discussions and readings were common activities at some Borscht Belt settlements.

The popularity of the Borscht Belt declined through the 1980s and 1990s, but has seen a resurgence in recent years.

(Photo: Grossinger’s Ping Pong, Liberty, New York – Wikipedia)

The Borscht Belt in Popular Culture

Jews were initially denied access to many resorts due to anti-Semitism before farmers started offering their places as Jewish boarding houses and hotels serving kosher food. The Workmen’s Circle and unions opened resorts in the Catskills to provide respite for workers who were excluded from other areas due to anti-Semitism. The Borscht Belt became a destination of choice by the 1950s thanks to increased economic growth during and after World War II. The development of the entertainment industry allowed for an increase in revenue, allowing it to grow even further throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

While not everyone remembers the specifics of what happened in the Catskills during the height of its popularity, many people know it was once a hugely popular resort area for Jewish people thanks in part to comedians like Jerry Seinfeld who have made references to it over the years. On an episode of Seinfeld, Jerry and George try to come up with a list of new jokes for their stand-up act. One of the jokes they develop is about how there are no more Jewish resorts because “the Borscht Belt dried up.”

The Borscht Belt in Comedy

Nevele lobby Ellenville New York Wikipedia

The humor of the region is known for being rapid-fire and self-deprecating. Typical themes include bad luck and puns. Physical ailments relating to bowels and cramping are also common topics of jokes. The Catskills became a mecca for Jewish comedians and resorts, who found humor in their own culture and lifestyle.

(Photo: Nevele Lobby, Ellenville, New York-Wikipedia)

One of the most famous comedians from the Borscht Belt is Rodney Dangerfield. He got his start at resorts in upstate New York and eventually became one of America’s most beloved comics. His signature line “I don’t get no respect” is still quoted today. His book “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime of No Respect but Plenty of Sex and Drugs” pays tribute to this era of comedy.

Why Did the Borscht Belt Decline?

The area’s popularity began to decline in the 1950s due to a decrease in rail service, an increase in air travel, the rise of new leisure destinations and the increasing affordability of hotels. Additionally, anti-Semitism decreased after World War II, so Jews could go to different places for vacationing purposes. Today, many of these resorts have been abandoned and are now home to ghosts and various other paranormal activities.

* Notable Performers (From Wikipedia)

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CURIOUS DORA: What is Orange Wine? A Guide to this Unique Type of Wine

CURIOUS DORA: What is Orange Wine? A Guide to this Unique Type of Wine

What Is Orange Wine?

So what is orange wine? Orange wines are made with white wine grapes. The juice from these grapes is fermented along with the skin, which gives the wine its unique flavor profile and color. Orange wines are different from both red and white wines in that they have picked up some of the qualities of red wines. Orange wine tastes completely different from red or white wine. 

Remember that orange wines are basically white wines with red traits. So if you see a bottle of wine that’s orange in color, it’s likely an orange wine. Although they might be a giveaway because of their color, remember that all types of wine should be tasted before making any judgments.

How Is Orange Wine Made?

The process of making orange wine is a little different from the process for making white or red wine. For one, the grapes used to make orange wine are white grapes, but unlike with white wine, the skins are kept on during production. This allows for more contact between the grape juice and the skin, which imparts an earthy flavor into the wine.

Another way to make red wine is by leaving grape skins on longer- which results in deep and dark wines. However, this isn’t necessary to produce an orange wine; all that’s needed is for winemakers to crush white grapes with their skins on.

After being crushed and pressed, the grape juice is then fermented. Unlike with red wine, there isn’t as much tannin content in orange wines; this is because tannins are found in high quantities in red grape skins. As a result, orange wines Orange Lineare denser in texture and have a stronger terroir than other types of wines.

What Types of Orange Wine Are There?

There are three types of orange wine: Rosé, white, and red. However, there are many different variations of each type. For example, white orange wine can be made with either Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Red orange wine can be made with Pinot Noir or Grenache grapes. And Rosé orange wine can be made from Tempranillo or Mourvedre grapes.

The color of orange wine is caused by the skin contact, not the grape itself. So even if you use the same type of grape for all three colors of wine, you’ll get a different color because the skins will have been in contact with the juice for a different amount of time.

The process of keeping the skins intact does not make orange wine natural; it just means that more flavor will come from the skin contact. In fact, some winemakers add ingredients to their wines in order to enhance their flavor profile or to cover up any flaws that might be present.

What Are Some Common Misconceptions About Orange Wine?

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There are a few common misconceptions about orange wine. The first is that orange wines are made from a magical orange grape. This is not true! Orange wines are actually white wines that have been fermented as red wines.

The second misconception is that all orange wines will be colored orange. This isn’t always the case. The color of an orange wine can vary depending on the structure of the wine and if it’s finished in wood casks.

The third misconception is that all orange wines have a harsh taste. While some may have a harsher taste than others, it really depends on your preference. Tannins, polyphenol, and aromatic substances give these unique wines their own flavor profile, which differs from both white and red wines.

What Are Some Food Pairing Ideas for Orange Wine?

If you’re looking for some food pairing ideas for orange wine, you’ve come to the right place! Orange wine pairs well with a wide range of dishes, including Indian, Thai and Indonesian cuisine as well as pizza, stews and meat dishes.

For those who want something a bit more adventurous, why not try pairing orange wine with Korean food? The bold flavors of this cuisine pair perfectly with the fuller body and unique taste of orange wine. If you’re feeling really brave, why not give raw oysters a go? You won’t be disappointed.

Finally, if you’re looking for something to enjoy after dinner, why not try a semi-sweet dessert or an aged cheese? Both will complement the flavor profile of orange wine beautifully.

What Are Some of The Most Popular Orange Wines?

There are many types of orange wines, but some of the most popular ones include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. These wines are made with indigenous grapes that give them a unique flavor profile that is often enjoyed by wine lovers all over the world.

Radikon- This blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling Italico, and Pinot Grigio is aged in wood for six years. It has a dry flavor with an orange taste.

Bric del Gaian- Made with Muscat grapes, this wine is light and refreshing with a sweet taste.

Muller Thurgau Friulano- A white wine made with Muller Thurgau grapes. It’s fruity and aromatic with a hint of citrus.

If you’re looking to try an orange wine, there are many small artisan producers who make these wines. You can find them online or at specialty stores near you. Italy is well-known for their orange wine production, and Friuli is a particularly famous region for these types of wine-grape styles.

If you’re looking for a Pinot Grigio that has honeysuckle notes, Radikon makes a great option. It’s one of the most popular orange wines on the market today. If you enjoy sweeter wines, then you may also want to try an Orange Sauvignon Blanc. And finally, if you want to explore something completely new and different, give an Orange Riesling a try!

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CURIOUS DORA: Black Garlic-What Is It? How Do I Make It?

CURIOUS DORA: Black Garlic-What Is It? How Do I Make It?

What Is Black Garlic?

Black garlic is made from regular garlic that has been aged and roasted for an extended period of time. The result is a sweet, dark, and sticky bulb that can be used in place of regular garlic in most recipes. It has a complex flavor profile that can add something special to sauces, dressings, marinades, and more.

So if you’re looking to add a little extra something to your cooking repertoire, give black garlic a try. It might just become one of your go-to ingredients.

Black garlic in pan

Benefits of Black Garlic

Black garlic is a specific variety of garlic that has been shown to have many health benefits. This type of garlic is loaded with antioxidants which can help your body fight off disease. Additionally, black garlic can help bolster your immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also rich in amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. These amino acids can help your body stay healthy and strong.

One compound found in black garlic, S-Allylcysteine (SAC), has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. This compound may be effective in treating various health conditions. Black garlic can also help regulate blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Black Garlic Benefits:

  • Helps fight infection
  • Can improve cardiovascular health
  • Helps lower cholesterol levels
  • May help prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading in the body

How To Make Black Garlic

The Maillard reaction is what makes things taste good, and it’s responsible for the transformation of cloves into black gold when making black garlic. In the Maillard reaction, a sugar and an amino acid combine to form melanoidin compounds that are responsible for browning in foods. The sugars and amino acids start out as simple carbohydrates (sugars) and amino acids in garlic, but the Maillard reaction transforms them into more complex melanoidin compounds.

How to Make Black Garlic with a Dehydrator

There are three different ways to make black garlic — using a rice cooker (Instant Pot), using a fermentation station, or using a dehydrator. An excellent choice is the Sahara dehydrator.

Black garlic is a product that is made by aging regular garlic bulbs over the course of weeks. The process takes a lot of patience, but it results in a sweet and sticky product. The garlic is kept at a strictly regulated temperature and humidity to achieve this consistency. It is less difficult than it is long to make black garlic, but it takes time to get that perfect super sweet result.

Black garlic is made by cooking garlic cloves in a low humidity and temperature environment. The cloves are wrapped in plastic and foil to keep them from touching each other and then placed in a dehydrator tray. Set the timer for 99 hours. During this time, the cloves are turned into a black color and develop a sweet, syrupy taste.

How to Make Black Garlic with an Instant Pot

There are a few ways to make black garlic but the most common is to place peeled cloves of garlic in an Instant Pot and set it to the keep warm function with the lid on. After 3 weeks, check to see if the garlic is done—the cloves will be black and soft. Let it sit at room temperature for about a day, and then re-store in the fridge.

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How to Use Black Garlic

Serve as an accompaniment to meat, fish or vegetables. You can also add the black garlic to dressings and sauces. Black garlic is delicious in salad dressings, marinades, or as a simple sauce for fish. It can be used as a substitute for balsamic vinegar. Black garlic is also delicious in desserts, such as ice cream or even to sweeten a chocolate cake. It will add a rich and slightly smoky flavor to anything you add it to.

Final Thoughts

Transforming cloves into black gold may seem like an arduous task, but the end result is definitely worth it. Once you’ve got your hands on some black garlic, try using it in dishes like cream of mushroom soup with black garlic or panna cotta with black garlic.

Black garlic is available in a number of forms—from whole heads to peeled cloves to a dehydrated powder—and can be found at specialty spice shops, some Whole Foods markets, and online at Amazon.

CURIOUS DORA: Synthetic Oil – What the Heck Is It? How Does It Work?

CURIOUS DORA: Synthetic Oil – What the Heck Is It? How Does It Work?

We just upgraded to a new 2022 Tundra Platinum Truck to pull our 30′ trailer. The salesperson mentioned that the changing oil cycle was every 10,000 miles with synthetic oil. I’ve always wondered, what the heck is synthetic oil? Hmmm… It sounds like the perfect subject for a “Curious Dora” blog post. It’s time to get stuck in…

What Is Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil is a man-made lubricant that is designed to provide better performance than traditional petroleum-based oils. Synthetic oil is created by combining various chemicals to create a lubricant that can withstand high temperatures and intense pressure. These compounds are created by breaking down and then rebuilding petroleum molecules.

Group II synthetics are based on polyalphaolefins (PAOs), which are synthesized from plant-based oils or other renewable resources. They offer better performance than mineral oils at high temperatures and provide enhanced protection against wear, rust and corrosion. Group III synthetics are made from esters, which offer the best performance of all the synthetic oils. They resist oxidation and shear degradation, providing superior protection against engine wear and deposits. They are often blended with other synthetic oils to improve performance in specific applications.

Synthetics have unique properties, with polyalphaolefins being the most common type used in automotive service today. For simplicity, the primary reference to synthetic oils in this blog post will relate to PAOs—or “polyalphaolefins”.

Synthetic Oils Have a Number of Advantages Over Traditional Oil

The benefits of using synthetic oil include:

  • Improved fuel economy
  • Reduced emissions
  • Prevention of wear and tear on piston rings
  • Additional engine protection from corrosion
  • Increased performance
Oil field

Synthetic oils offer a number of benefits over traditional mineral oils, including better performance in extreme temperatures and increased protection against wear, corrosion and deposits. They also provide improved fuel economy. Synthetic Oils are designed to resist thermal breakdown and oxidation, which can cause traditional oil to form sludge and varnish. In addition, synthetic oils help keep engines clean by suspending contaminants in the oil, where they can be filtered out.

Synthetic oils are designed to withstand high temperatures and extreme conditions, which makes them perfect for use in engines. They also have a higher viscosity than mineral oils, meaning they flow better at low temperatures. This means they can protect your engine better in cold weather. Additionally, synthetic oils do not break down as easily as mineral oils, meaning they provide better protection for your engine over time.

How is Synthetic Oil Made?

The two types of base stocks are hydrocarbons (derived from petroleum) and polyalphaolefins (derived from plant or mineral oil). The manufacturing process starts with methane, which is converted into ethylene and propylene. These two gases are then combined to form a long-chain hydrocarbon molecule, which is the building block for all synthetic oils.

The Difference Between Synthetic and Traditional Motor Oils Lies in Their Base

Traditional motor oils are made of a mix of hydrocarbons, which come from crude oil. Synthetic oils, on the other hand, are made of molecules that are designed in a lab. This gives them a number of advantages over traditional oils.

Synthetic Oil What the Heck Is It

This makes synthetic oils perfect for use in racing cars and other vehicles that see a lot of heat. They also help engines run more efficiently, meaning you can get slightly better gas mileage with them. Additionally, they don’t produce as much harmful exhaust as traditional oils do, making them better for the environment.

The main disadvantage of synthetic oils is that they are more expensive than traditional oils. However, if you have a truck that sees heavy use and needs to be maintained, well, it may be worth the higher cost.

NOTE: Some automakers require or recommend the use of synthetic motor oil in their vehicles.

The Main Difference Between Synthetic and Traditional Oils Is the Base Stock

Synthetic oils are made from chemicals, while traditional oils are made from petroleum. Because of their chemical composition, synthetic oils are more stable in extreme temperatures than traditional oils and can withstand high levels of heat without breaking down. They also have a higher viscosity, which means they resist thinning out in high temperatures or under pressure. This makes them ideal for use in high-performance engines that generate a great deal of heat.

Final Thoughts

Synthetic oil is a type of motor vehicle engine oil that is made from synthetic materials instead of natural resources. It has many benefits over regular oil, including better performance and durability in extreme weather conditions. If you’re looking for a more environmentally-friendly option when choosing your car or truck lubricant, synthetics might be the perfect choice for you.

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