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Seasteading / Re: Seastead of the Day
« on: Today at 12:28:14 PM »
I did some amateur Interior Cabin design for boats when I was fantasizing reading Cruising World and Sailing Magazines back in the 70s.  Indeed, I found it about impossible to wedge in a passageway to a center cockpit at unde 40" but that boat is 44', so it is doable.

Pain sucks for sure.  This morning was an hour straight, with no morphine.  Not pleasant.  It finally subsided, thank god.  I gotta get into the ER.

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Today for the Lunch Special we are having another variation of Hot & Sour Soup plus an Appetizer of Pot Stickers.  Our local Japanese-Chinese restaurant servs a great version of both and the Full Bowl of Hot & Sour Soup is mega huge as well.

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Hot & Sour Soup 🍜

Chicken-LemongrassPot Stickers

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Seasteading / Re: Seastead of the Day
« on: Today at 11:06:18 AM »
In my youth I was a fan of center cockpits, but not now.  I like to have as much space as possible in the Main Cabin.  I DEFINITELY don't like the Walkover configuration. Want a snack from the galley? Sailing in cold blustery weather and need to use the head? If I were to buy a Center Cockpit, it would have to be one with a passageway to aft.

At $80K it's not entirely out of budget, but we have looked at nicer ones for $60K.

In any event, at the moment even to buy one just to live-aboard and not sail is out of the question.  I can't walk at all now, much less get myself on and off a boat  or up and down the companionway.  I am lucky I can maneuver my Cripple Cart around the digs to accomplish the necessary daily tasks.  The pain is horrible. 😣  I have to get into the ER and get some Morphine.  Even my scrip Hydro Codone doesn't put a dent in it.  Unfortunately, the phone is still not here.  Hopefully this situation will improve and I can get back to dreaming about the Good Ship Cassandra as my home on the Seven Seas.  :icon_sunny:

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I look for a real horse race to see what does humankind in.....will it be climate (to me that seems like the surest bet), or will it be PO and/or a  failure of bank credit. Or an apocalyptic event like a nuke war.

Yes, I would say the planet's best hope would be if reality set in on the economics of oil....and we ran out of oil and cheap debt.

But I don't think that is imminent. We don't do the right things. We do the WRONG things. Doing the wrong thing here just means keeping on doing what we're doing now. Which is always easier, until it isn't.

Even an "accidental" war is a Bankster War.  They set up the conditions which makes the "accident" possible,

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An "apocalyptic event" like a Nuke War is an outgrowth of economic collapse.  As the saying goes, all warz are bankster warz.  Although climate change will be a significant driver in total global collapse, I think the timeline on that is longer than on economic collapse, so to me, economic collapse is what will "do us in".

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A nuclear war could be an outgrowth of economic collapse. It could also be a complete accident. We've come close several times.

The extreme hubris of those in our highest positions of authority, and the many different ways the unintended could happen, makes it hard to understand how we got this far without it happening.

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I look for a real horse race to see what does humankind in.....will it be climate (to me that seems like the surest bet), or will it be PO and/or a  failure of bank credit. Or an apocalyptic event like a nuke war.

Yes, I would say the planet's best hope would be if reality set in on the economics of oil....and we ran out of oil and cheap debt.

But I don't think that is imminent. We don't do the right things. We do the WRONG things. Doing the wrong thing here just means keeping on doing what we're doing now. Which is always easier, until it isn't.

An "apocalyptic event" like a Nuke War is an outgrowth of economic collapse.  As the saying goes, all warz are bankster warz.  Although climate change will be a significant driver in total global collapse, I think the timeline on that is longer than on economic collapse, so to me, economic collapse is what will "do us in".

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The system worked fine as long as there was GROWTH, the same as putting money into your 401K.  Assuming you get a 3% ROI, you're going to get a lot more back after 35 years of work (SS calculates the 35 years of your highest earnings to figure your bennies), you will get back a lot more than you put in.

Besides that, SS made an actuarial assumption when it was created, that the average lifespan would be the same as it was then, around 65 years.  This turned out wrong of course, and due to the miracles of modern medicine, people often live to 80 and 90 years old, meaning many more years of payouts.  However, this wrong assumption is not the fault of the people who pad money into the system, expecting to get the ROI they were promised when paying the (mandatory) mount of money into it.

Another wrong assumption is that average salaries would remain the same ann what high income earners have to pay in to the system.  That cap needs to be removed because a lot of money is not being recovered by SS from people who make $200K and more.  High income earners should in fact be charged MORE than the average income earner to subsidize the low end of the spectrum and balance out payments with income.

SS is an outgrowth of the Industrial economy, where you ended up with lots of poor old folks begging on the street when they no longer were efficient slaves to work in the economy.  This was socially destabilizing, so Goobermints beginning with Otto von Bismark began instituting these public pensions.  It has over its lifespan markedly improved the well being of the aging population, but like all things dependent on GROWTH, once that stops the funding system goes south.  Without SS though, the society would economicaly collapse in a heartbeat.  The SS Mailbox Money many old folks receive now goes not just to cover their own bills, but often the bills of their children and grandchildren.  There are multi-generation households where the SS check is the only dependable income in the house to pay the rent every month.  Take away that money, you have entire households not spending money into the economy, thus reducing tax receipts and making the whole situation worse.  It's why "austerity" never works as a solution to increasing debt loads.

Here in the FSoA, I expect them to keep borrowing money to keep SS floating as long as the monetary system is still standing, albeit with reduced bennies as time goes by.  How long can it last?  Absent another driver for economic collapse hitting first (likely), I would hazard a WAG of 10-15 years.  I should be dead by the time it craps out completely, so this is not a problem I worry about.

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It's Cinnamon4Breakfast time again here at the Diner!    :icon_sunny:  And no, it's not those scrumptious Cinnamon Rolls they bake up at K-Dog's favorite Breakfast Diner in Seattle.  This time, we're having our Cinnamon (and Apples) with our Oatmeal.

I mentioned during my Camping Meals feature that my favorite flavored Oatmeal was Banana-Walnut, but it is followed closely by both Maple-Brown Sugar and Apple-Cinnamon, hard to decide between those two which is 2nd and which is 3rd.  I have to admit also to mostly if not exclusively having eaten these Oatmeal combinations out of Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal packages on the Camping Trail.  I've never been an Oatmeal eater at home, I only remember a few times in my early years I had it for breakfast in Brasil.

However, there are a plethora of ways to fix Oatmeal besides just mixing with hot water, and it certainly has to be an improvement to use REAL fresh apples as opposed  to the apple flavoring and tiny bits of dried apple you get in a package of Instant Quaker Oats, so I probably have missed out on the real Oatmeal Experience for this incarnation of my Immortal Soul walking the Earth inside a Meat Package.  Many people swear by Oatmeal for its fiber quantity and health benefits, so if you don't currently have it as part of your weekly or monthly Breakfast meals, it might be worthwhile to add it.  Perhaps if I had eaten more Oatmeal through my life, I wouldn't be in such agonizing pain now.  :o

Anyhow, without further editorializing and complaining about my health problems, here's a nice looking version of Baked Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal that will start off your Collapse Morning in a healthy manner.

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Baked Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal 🍜

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-spring-valley-wildfire-20180624-story.html

7,700-acre wildfire in Northern California prompts evacuations, destroys 12 structures and threatens hundreds more
Alene Tchekmedyian
By Alene Tchekmedyian
Jun 24, 2018 | 9:05 PM
7,700-acre wildfire in Northern California prompts evacuations, destroys 12 structures and threatens hundreds more


The Pawnee fire burned 7,700 acres, destroying a dozen structures and threatening 600 more. (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)

A wind-driven wildfire tore through rural Lake County in Northern California over the weekend, scorching 7,700 acres, prompting evacuations and destroying a dozen structures by Sunday afternoon while threatening hundreds more.

Residents of roughly 600 homes in the remote area were ordered to pack up and leave. Those who stayed behind were urged to limit their water usage so it could be conserved for firefighting.

Authorities ordered all of the small community of Spring Valley to evacuate Saturday evening, and on Sunday expanded the order to include residents who live north of Highway 20 between Old Long Valley Road and Round Ball Road, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Dubbed the Pawnee fire, it was one of several fires burning in the region, where a red flag warning was in effect. The fire erupted shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday northeast of Clearlake Oaks in Lake County, roughly 70 miles north of Napa. Firefighters faced triple-digit heat as the blaze burned through steep, mountainous terrain covered by thick brush.
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“Right now, there’s fire burning actively in the hills behind all these homes,” Capt. Jordan Motta of Cal Fire said late Sunday. “There’s fire right up to people’s homes around here.”

It’s unclear how many, if any, of the dozen destroyed structures were homes.

The blaze more than doubled Sunday afternoon when an onshore flow brought cooler temperatures and stronger winds from the Bay Area, at times gusting at up to 20 mph.

“It’s kind of a double-edged sword,” said Craig Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Sacramento, adding that winds were expected to subside after 10 p.m. “We need those winds to die down.”

Two water-dropping helicopters helped douse flames, allowing firefighters on the ground to get closer to the fire’s edge and attack flames directly.

More than 230 firefighters responded to the blaze.

Sheriff’s officials reminded residents who are evacuating to pack pets, phones and computers, prescriptions, photos and paperwork and urged residents to close their doors and windows before leaving. A shelter was opened at Lower Lake High School at 9430 Lake St.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/sd-medicare-cuts-social-security-trump-gop-budget-utak-20180624-story.html

Your Opinions | While Trump distracts, GOP to gut Medicare, Social Security

 (GETTY IMAGES)
By U-T Letter writers

Social Security and Medicare belong to us

Re “House GOP unveils budget to fast-track tax cuts, end Obamacare” (June 19): I wrote a letter to the editor when the Republicans were drafting their tax bill. In that letter I stated that Republicans will have to find money to make up for said tax cuts and that they will be coming after Medicare (the sick) and Social Security (the elderly). Republicans consider these to be “entitlements.”

Like most of the middle class, I have been paying into Social Security and Medicare my entire working life. It is like a savings account for our retirement, and now that we have reached the age to receive it, Republicans don’t believe we deserve it, just that we are getting an entitlement.

They gave tax cuts to the very wealthy and expect the middle class to cover the deficit it created. This is before any infrastructure bill is even considered. Please remember this when you vote. This is going to hurt middle-class America no matter what party. This, along with the rising consumer prices, will bring us to the next great recession. Of course politicians and the very wealthy are not as affected by recessions as normal Americans.

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JRM would have gone nuts with this.  The thread would be 10 pages long by now if he was still contributing.

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As you might remember, prior to my vacation from meal preparation for the Diner, I instituted a new regular feature on Sundays, the Soup🍜 & Salad🥗 Sunday Special, to go with the Sunday Brunch Smorgasbord Special where most Diners will so load up their plates with the scrumptious offerings of the Diner there isn't much room left for a big dinner even late into the evening.  Brian and I ate light Sunday morning with just a basic breakfast of eggs, hashbrowns, sausage and toast, but the regimen of Soup & Salad🥗 for Sunday Dnner still holds here on the Diner.  At home, I made a Big BBQ on Sunday with STEAK and Shrimp on the Barbie.

So for tonights selections of the menu for myself, I am going with a hearty Black Bean Chili over Yellow Rice for the Soup🍜, and for the Salad🥗 I am having Tomato, Asparagus &-Hearts of Palm, in my case smothered in Caesar Dressing.  This is an all Vegan meal, satisfying our Vegan Diners for a change.  ;D  What are your selections tonight?

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Black Bean Chili 🍜

Tomato-Asparagus-Hearts of Palm Salad

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Geopolitics / Re: The Nuclear War thread
« on: June 24, 2018, 05:27:20 PM »
I hope you both realize that July 18th/19th is the day "ALL" the planets in "THIS"
solar system rotate to the right side of the Sun  :icon_sunny:

Party like it's 1999.... Long Live Hedonism  :evil4: :emthup:

Maybe the Solar system will Tip Over.  ::)

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Geopolitics / Re: The Nuclear War thread
« on: June 24, 2018, 04:30:23 PM »
I feel suitably chastised by all those comments, after all, who thinks WW3 is going to happen within a month of the Trump-Kim fallout?

T-25 Days and counting. ::)

I'll wear my Black Pajamas to bed.

RE ready for bed on July 18th


You can wear your Nuke Protection suit.

Palloy ready for bed on July 18th


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Geopolitics / Re: The Nuclear War thread
« on: June 24, 2018, 12:59:59 PM »
What a humorless scold.

"Humorless" is the understatement of the millenia with PY.  It's OK, the more snarky comments he makes, the less anyone  gives credibility to what he writes.  He is shooting himself in the foot, over and over again.

Here's the Diner Black Pajamas to go with the Black Beret.  You get your Diner ID and rank on the front breast and the Diner Coat of Arms emblazoned on the back.  Made of 100% Chinese Silk.  Guaranteed to keep you cool while sleeping through a 4C Temp rise or Nuclear Armageddon.



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Geopolitics / Re: The Nuclear War thread
« on: June 24, 2018, 12:47:28 PM »
Sunday viewing - "WW3: Two and a half minutes to midnight" 8 December 2017. 52:20

I saw that.  I also saw "On the Beach" and "Dr. Strangelove" and "The Day After".  ::)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Yi3Eu4wptn0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Yi3Eu4wptn0</a>

The new Diner Black Berets will protect your brain from the radiation.  You can buy a Lead Liner for them.  :icon_sunny:



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