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The Diner Pantry / Meat🥩-o-saurus: Reptile Recipes
« on: Today at 10:55:16 AM »
Don't forget to join our new Meatosaurus Reddit Sub, r/meatosaurus!

All forms of Animal Protein are subjects for the Meatosaurus from Mammals to Fish to Fowl to Reptiles to Amphibians to Insects, and r/meatosaurus will cover them all! Be there or be square!


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And Stephenson's magnum opus is a prequel... It's a huge trilogy, and I never finished it. It basically explains Western Civilization since 1800.

Better and cheaper than taking 50 hours of college history.

I read the whole trilogy.  Cryptonomicon was his best, but the Baroque Cycle Novels also quite good.  Highly recommended reading, all of them.


Negotiations on the upgrades and modifications to Cassandra II went well, there were no major modifications to be made to the general maechanics or superstructure, mostly just cosmetic stuff fairly easily done.  Came in way under the budget Soros gave me of $10M, I'm investing most of the remainder in Crypto on Eddie's recommendation.  ;D

Since we can't stay on Cassandra II during the upgrade work this week, Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva the CEO of Embraer is letting us use one of his Villas for the week.  It's pretty nice digs!

He also gave us use of one of the Choppers they have on hand for visiting guests to use.

These things are GREAT!  I am going to call George and see if I can convince him to buy us one, or something similar anyhow.  It would really be helpful for bringing in aid to areas hit by natural disasters, so another good Tax Write-off!  :icon_sunny:

Paulo's Private Chef Enrique whipped up lunch for us while we were negotiating, which was quite good.


Today's Lunch Special

Hearts of Palm, Tomato & Avocaado Salad

Spicy Black Bean Soup with Chorizo Sausage

Grilled Swordfish with Mango Salsa

They had (and still have) any size you need.

That "box" would need to be nearly the size of the Federal Reserve Vault buried on Wall Street.  Who is going to pay the maintenance fees on that for the last 70 years?


Why would they have sold it? They could have put it in an anonymous safe-deposit box, at any time during the war.

That would be a very BIG safe deposit box.


Geopolitics / Re: French Fried Frog Frexit
« on: Today at 08:51:28 AM »
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It's a Gift.  :icon_sunny:




        Among the chaos of the collapse of Hitler’s empire in April 1945 the biggest heist in history took place. Gold bars, jewels and stolen foreign currency with an estimated worth of $3.34 billion vanished from the Reichsbank vaults, in Germany. In the ensuing decades small quantities of this bounty have turned up in Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain and Sweden but the majority remains missing.

One wonders if the boodle made its way aboard one the the U-boats headed to Argentina along with Der Fuhrer.

Neal Stephenson used that premise in Cryptonomicon.


Geopolitics / 🤡 It's a Wonderful Trumpofsky Christmas!
« on: Today at 02:20:54 AM »
The Donald really got his panties in a bunch with this one!  ;D


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The Kitchen Sink / Monsta of Doom Podcast Launch
« on: Today at 02:12:55 AM »

Off the keyboards and microphones of RE & Monsta

Published on the Doomstead Diner on June 7, 2013


Discuss the Podcasts at the Podcast Table inside the Diner

RE the Doomer Part I (Part II at the bottom of this article, Part III Coming Soon to a Laptop Near You)

These 2 Podcasts and Future ones to be found on the PODCAST Page on the Diner Blog Menu.  Bookmark it.

It's been a lot of work from all involved to ramp ourselves up technologically to begin producing Podcasts as well as Blogs here on the Diner, and not a little nerve-wracking for yours truly either, since I get the "honor" of getting interviewed first here by Monsta for the Inaugural Podcasts from the Diner.  I get said honor because I organized this up, though I am not the only Blogger on this website anymore, just one of the more prolific ones.  LOL.

Still, it is quite different to SPEAK on the issues of Collapse in Real Time rather than Write on them at your leisure, so taking this step is none too easy, not just for me, but others here also like Surly and William Hunter Duncan and Lucid Dreams, all of whom will be appearing in the Podcasts over the next few weeks.

Anyhow, for my two first Podcasts with Monsta going up today on the Diner, I cover a bit of my Personal History in coming to terms with Collapse and how I came to be a Blogger on this subject over the last few years.  We review the various collapse scenarios, and where and how  a fast collapse might Come to a Theatre Near You.

Coming down the Pipe, Surly will Pontificate on the Political Outcomes so far evident, with his own spin on what are the best political means to make the social changes we need to make over the coming years.  Surly and myself, while we both are Admins on the Diner do not agree on some fundamental questions, and as you listen to both of our perspectives you can think for yourself where you find yourself in Collapse Perspective.  The ability to look from all sides at an issue, to debate carefully said issues and to not take personally the disagreements you sometimes have is a Hallmark of Diner Debate, which in my experience (which is VAST, I have been shit-canned from innumerable Blogs & Forums over the years :icon_mrgreen: ) cannot be found anywhere else in the Collapse Blogosphere.

Besides Surly and myself, the Diner Podcasts will feature other regular Diners like William Hunter Duncan and Lucid Dreams on topics from Permaculture to Social Organization, and Guest interviews hopefully with some of our regularly Cross Posted Bloggers.  Should be a good Collapse Show overall. :icon_mrgreen:

So now without further ado, here are my two first Podcasts with Monsta, and hopefully you'll find them interesting and entertaining enough to listen through.  Feel free to drop in inside the Diner and add your Opinions on these Podcasts.  If you REEAAALLY got a lot to say and can talk your points, feel free to contact Monsta at , and he'll interview you also.  LOL.  If so, you are a REAL DINER.  Every Diner is an EXPERT!  LOL.

There is a Part III I did with Monsta as well BTW, which covers everybody's FAVORITE RE Topic, the Orkin Man, the Guillotine and DEAD PEOPLE.  You will have to wait a bit for that one though while we fill out the other perspectives here.  LOL.  Meanwhile, for those who haven't had enough RE Pontification for one day, Heeeere's Part II…


Early wake up call this morning for the short flight down to the private airfield of Embraer,  just a short hop away from Rio in São José dos Campos, São Paulo. .

We got there early and landed around 7AM, in time to make a nice Breakfast aboard Cassandra II before our scheduled meeting with the CEO at 10AM.  Julia and I got through the last of the Lobster and Oysters, she made some Lobster Sushi Rolls and I made a Smoked Oyster Pate to go with that.  Main course for Breakfast this morning were some scrumptious Breakfast Burritos.  You won't find BBs like this at Taco Bell, only at the Take-Out window of the Doomstead Diner!  :icon_sunny:


Today's Breakfast Special

Avocado Breakfast Burrito

Spicy Asparagus, Avocado & Lobster Sushi

Smoked Oyster Pate

The Diner Pantry / Meat🥩-o-saurus: Hanwoo vs. Kobe Beef
« on: Today at 01:23:24 AM »
Don't forget to join our new Meatosaurus Reddit Sub, r/meatosaurus!

All forms of Animal Protein are subjects for the Meatosaurus From Mammals to Fish to Fowl to Insects, and r/meatosaurus will cover them all!  Be there or be square!


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Doomsteading / 🐂 Hunter's Hints
« on: Today at 01:12:52 AM »
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Diner TV / 🎵 DD Juke Box V2.0: Carribean Blue - Enya
« on: Today at 01:06:55 AM »
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Geopolitics / Re: French Fried Frog Frexit
« on: Today at 01:01:28 AM »
I miss Ashvin already.  :-[

Like you miss a turd you just flushed down the toilet.  I understand and sympathize.


Economics / 💸 Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck
« on: Today at 12:57:21 AM »

Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck

    Nearly 10 percent of those making $100,000 or more say they can't make ends meet.
    Overall, most workers said they are in debt and many believe they always will be.

Jessica Dickler   | @jdickler
Published 10:15 AM ET Thu, 24 Aug 2017 Updated 8:17 AM ET Wed, 30 Aug 2017
Stressed couple reviewing documents
Why a six-figure income is not enough for many in the U.S. 
11:45 AM ET Tue, 18 July 2017 | 01:18

No matter how much you earn, getting by is still a struggle for most people these days.

Seventy-eight percent of full-time workers said they live paycheck to paycheck, up from 75 percent last year, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder.

Overall, 71 percent of all U.S. workers said they're now in debt, up from 68 percent a year ago, CareerBuilder said.

While 46 percent said their debt is manageable, 56 percent said they were in over their heads. About 56 percent also save $100 or less each month, according to CareerBuilder. The job-hunting site polled over 2,000 hiring and human resource managers and more than 3,000 full-time employees between May and June.

Most financial experts recommend stashing at least a six-month cushion in an emergency fund to cover anything from a dental bill to a car repair — and more if you are the sole breadwinner in your family or in business for yourself.

While household income has grown over the past decade, it has failed to keep up with the increased cost-of-living over the same period.

Even those making over six figures said they struggle to make ends meet, the report said. Nearly 1 in 10 of those making $100,000 or more said they usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, and 59 percent of those in that salary range said they were in the red.

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