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Frostbite Falls Newz / Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Last post by RE on Today at 04:31:01 AM »
Pretty cool, I'll have to admit. Not bad at all.

Wait until you see it all assembled!  :icon_sunny:  It stands 4'4" tall and that is without the Metal Tower/Gnomon which attaches Magnetically the rocks.  I have Neodymium Magnets  embedded in the stones for this purpose.   There are also Magnets embedded in the Globe at all the places I lived for any significant length of time.

Frostbite Falls Newz / Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 04:16:33 AM »
Pretty cool, I'll have to admit. Not bad at all.
Frostbite Falls Newz / 💀 The Great Tombstone Adventure 2: Tombstone Day
« Last post by RE on Today at 04:05:14 AM »
Yesterday was the central reason for this trip, it's not just a Foodie Adventure.  We went over to the Stonecutters to have a look at the cut stones and go over the final details in the Engraving and Pinning the stones together.  Here is your first look at the stones making up the SUN☼/RE Monument.  :icon_sunny:

Stones 1
Stones 1

Stones 2
Stones 2

Stones 3
Stones 3

Stones 4
Stones 4

Stones 5 globe SA
Stones 5 globe SA

Stones 6 globe Oz
Stones 6 globe Oz

Stones 7 globe Africa
Stones 7 globe Africa

Stones 8 Tom
Stones 8 Tom

You'll have to wait a while to see the stones all assembled and engraved, that is NOT going to happen on this trip. It should get done in the next couple of weeks though, then the assembled monument will be shipped to Missouri, which will take another 1-2 weeks.  So I am looking at another trip to the Lower 48 around Thanksgiving to see the Monument placed on irs Final Resting Spot, eventually above the decaying corporeal shell of the Dead RE.  I also may get my teeth repaired on this adventure, which would be nice while I still am above ground.

Surly Newz / Can't Find An Affordable Home? Try Living In A Pod
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 03:21:15 AM »
Owning anything is so twentieth century: "we are now moving into an experience economy rather than a possessions economy."

Can't Find An Affordable Home? Try Living In A Pod



A PodShare co-living building in Venice Beach, Calif. Dorm beds here go for about $1,400 per month.

Courtesy PodShare

The cost of housing is out of reach for many residents in cities like Los Angeles and Seattle. One solution is called "co-living" and it looks a lot like dorm life. Co-living projects are trying to fill a vacuum between low-income and luxury housing in expensive housing markets where people in the middle are left with few choices.

Nadya Hewitt lives in a building in Los Angeles run by a company called PodShare, where renters (or "members" in company lingo) occupy "pods." The grand tour of 33-year-old Hewitt's home takes place sitting on her bed as she points out the various things she keeps within arm's reach: a lamp, sunglasses, a water bottle, a jar of peanut butter.

The pods consist of a twin bed with a small flat screen TV in a communal bunk room, some immediate storage space and access to lockers. The kitchen, bathrooms, yard and other common areas are all shared. Members are also allowed to hop around to different PodShare locations as much as they want, as long as there's availability.

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Prices vary slightly at different sites, but the PodShare where Hewitt's staying costs $1,400 a month. That might sound steep, but traditional apartments in the surrounding neighborhood of Venice Beach go for a lot more.

Without PodShare, Hewitt says she'd never be able to afford this area.

"Oh my gosh," she said, "I've looked at studio apartments in this area, in Hollywood, downtown. I mean we're looking at almost $2,000 a month."

Co-living trend

PodShare, which opened its fifth location in L.A. this year, is part of a growing trend. It's one of several companies operating so-called "co-living" buildings in the city. In these properties, tenants typically share kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms in exchange for cheaper rent. The co-living companies generally don't own the properties but partner with local developers to operate and manage them.

A shared kitchen in a PodShare co-living building in Venice Beach, Calif.

Courtesy PodShare

In Los Angeles, besides PodShare's projects, there are co-living buildings under construction in downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Venice Beach.

New co-living projects have also popped up in other cities where the cost of housing has risen in recent years, including New York, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.

Jon Dishotsky is the CEO of a co-living startup called StarCity, which already manages four buildings in San Francisco. The company's first building in Los Angeles is currently under construction in Venice Beach.

On a recent afternoon, Jon Dishotsky pushed open the door to the roof deck on the Venice Beach project and stepped outside. Lounge furniture was arranged around the roof, and the ocean was visible a block away.

"There's gonna be acoustic music going on here on a weekly basis," he said, and "Sunday suppers where everybody gathers."

As he spoke, construction crews were still putting the finishing touches on the building's first floor.

Dishotsky said his goal is "bringing back some level of affordability to one of the most expensive zip codes in the country."

Four types of working professionals for co-living projects

Specifically, he said the building targets working professionals who otherwise couldn't afford to live near the beach.

"We kind of have four different customer types," he said. "We have a 'starter,' who's just coming to a new city and wants to grab life by its horns. We have a 're-starter,' somebody who's 30 to 40, who maybe had a divorce or had a really tough roommate situation and is tired of running a home."

Then there are the "life shapers," who Dishotsky describes as champions of co-living as a long-term lifestyle. And finally there's the out-of-towners who need a local place to crash for a month or two because of, say, a job assignment.

The prices at Starcity's new L.A. building might be a good deal for Venice Beach, but they're not cheap. Rents will start at about $2,200 a month for dorm-like suites where renters get private bedrooms but share bathrooms and kitchens with one other unit, and go all the way up to about $3,500 a month for traditional one-bedrooms. The building also includes some traditional studios.

"We're very hyper-aware of the fact that this is not a full solution for affordability," Dishotsky said. "We are working on that."

The experience economy

The co-living trend, however, is about more than economics.

Jill Pable, a professor in the Department of Interior Architecture and Design at Florida State University, said co-living "fits very hand in glove with the sense that we are now moving into an experience economy rather than a possessions economy."

"This is tied to, for example, the tiny house movement," she said, "and a great emphasis on travel these days."

PodShare member, 36-year-old Mike Liu, agrees that embracing co-living is about socializing as much as lower rent.

"There's always somebody new coming through and that discovery feeling is always there," he said. He added that, among the longer-term residents like himself, there's a sense of built-in friendship and community.

Liu, who recently earned his MBA and came to Venice Beach to search for a job in the tech sector, says he's not sure if he sees co-living as a long-term way of life. For now, however, he's found an affordable niche in one of the tightest housing markets in the country.

"Take the time out to let loose and absorb the place you're in," he said. "I think that's a big piece of this experience."

Geopolitics / 🤡 The Crushing Dumbness of Donald Trump
« Last post by RE on Today at 03:11:59 AM »

 The Slatest
The Crushing Dumbness of Donald Trump

By Elliot Hannon
Oct 22, 20189:24 PM

President Trump examines a fire truck from Wisconsin-based manufacturer Pierce on the South Lawn during a 'Made in America' product showcase event at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery (Photo credit should read OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump is the president of the United States, which, to Donald, is great because it’s like being the star of a show that everyone has to watch, because they’re terrified of what he might do next. Trump has embraced that breezy you-never-know-and-I’ve-got-nukes vibe and, you’ll notice, really settled into himself on the stump as president, even though the stump is a place that most presidents avoid for much of their first term, in order to actually do the job of being president. Not Donald. Early on, he recognized the positive feedback loop of saying unthinkably dumb things out loud. Doing so set off a frenzied chain reaction of analysis, reporting, and speculation about what was meant by whatever came out of his mouth that didn’t make any sense at all.

Donald J. Trump
‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ???  Enjoy!

NBC News


BREAKING: President Trump claims he misspoke while discussing election meddling during news conference with Putin: "In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't.' ... The sentence should've been: 'I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia'

So away he went, burrowing further and further into his own fevered reality, erecting a Ponzi scheme of truth in the West Wing that has been broadcast into American homes and psyches for nearly two years now. When the president comes up for air, forced to improvise, it feels like watching the wheels visibly turn in a 6-year-old’s mind, biting his bottom lip trying to come up with a whopper, a sick burn, whatever really.

    Donald J. Trump
     · 10h

    The Fake News Media has been talking about recent approval ratings of me by countries around the world, including the European Union, as being very low....

    Donald J. Trump

    ....I say of course they’re low - because for the first time in 50 years I am making them pay a big price for doing business with America. Why should they like me? — But I still like them!

And it’s not that Trump is dumb himself that irks, although he very much is; it’s how baldly dumb the things he says are, all the time.

Donald J. Trump


Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!

The lying grates, but how poorly crafted and executed the lies are, how telegraphed they are in his own interest, and how unmoored from any semblance of reality they are, makes them particularly crushing. Replace “Middle Easterners” with “Storm Troopers.” It’s that absurd; it wouldn’t make a difference. Maybe there are Storm Troopers deployed by Darth Vader from the Death Star embedded with “the Caravan,” who knows? Where’s the proof they aren’t?

By the end of a full day spent reading and hearing practically everything he says, where do you start? You can’t. The explanations are too elementary to literally start at the beginning each time, over and over again.

He doesn’t know anything. It’s not just that he’s lying; he’s not even trying.
Hurricane Willa, now a Category 4 storm, threatens Mexico's Pacific coast--

Hurricane Willa, now a Category 4 storm, threatens Mexico's Pacific coast

Hurricane Willa, a potentially catastrophic storm, swept toward Mexico's Pacific coast with winds of 155 mph, the National Hurricane Center said Monday. Forecasters expect the Category 4 storm to make landfall along Mexico's southwestern coast Tuesday afternoon or evening.

Willa is an "extremely dangerous storm" that is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall over west-central and southwestern Mexico, the hurricane center. After it briefly strengthened to a Category 5 storm, it weakened slightly Monday afternoon.

Willa was located about 135 miles south-southwest of Las Islas Marias, Mexico, and some 110 miles southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico, the hurricane center said in its 5 p.m. ET advisory. It was moving north at 8 mph.

A hurricane warning was posted for a stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Playa Perula to San Blas and north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya.


This map shows the projected path of Hurricane Willa on Oct. 22, 2018.


Enrique Moreno, the mayor of Escuinapa, said officials were trying to evacuate everyone in the village of Teacapan, the Associated Press reports. He said nearly 3,000 were affected but some residents would stay.

"The people don't want to evacuate, but it's for their security," he said.

In Mazatlan, Mayor José Joel Bouciegues said officials were preparing shelters and monitoring low-lying areas, the AP reports. The popular vacation town is home to a large number of American and Canadian expatriates.

Forecasters said Willa was expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with local amounts up to 18 inches, across portions of western Jalisco, western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa in Mexico. The rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding and landslides.

Farther inland, Willa was expected to produce rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches across portions of Zacateca, Durango, southeast Chihuahua, and Coahuila in Mexico, with local amounts up to 6 inches possible. That could cause life-threatening flash flooding.

After Willa makes its way across Mexico, it could drop between 1 and 3 inches of rain on central and southern Texas during the middle of the week. The additional rainfall could cause additional flooding in already saturated areas.

Jeff Berardelli and Peter Martinez contributed to this report.

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« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 03:03:34 AM »


EVERY MINUTE, A dumptruckful of plastic plops into the world's oceans. That's eight billion metric tons every year. Once waterborne, whatever doesn't wash ashore eventually breaks down into itty bits. The puniest pieces—the ones smaller than 5 millimeters wide—are called microplastics, and their fates are numerous. Some glob onto an Alaska-sized gyre of plastic debris swirling in the Pacific Ocean. Others sink to a variety of depths, according to their densities, perfusing the world's waters. Still others get ingested by marine life, including fish and shellfish, which are in turn ingested by other animals, like birds and humans.

All of this is a mess, from an ecological perspective. But it's that last bit—the microplasticine infiltration of food webs—that worries not just ecologists but gastroenterologists. If microplastics are invading the things we eat, it's possible that they're invading our stomachs and intestines, too. But while the matryoskha-nature of food chains certainly suggests that human guts harbor microplastics, nobody's really bothered to look in a systematic way.

Until now! Today at the United European Gastroenterology meeting in Vienna, researchers announced they have detected microplastics in stool samples from every single one of a small group of international test subjects. "Plastics are pervasive in everyday life and humans are exposed to plastics in numerous ways," said Philipp Schwable, a gastroenterologist at the Medical University of Vienna, who led the study, via email. And yet, even he did not expect that every poo would test positive.

The pilot study tested eight subjects from eight different countries: Austria, Italy, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and the UK. Each maintained a food diary the week before donating their stools, which they deposited in glass jars, wrapped in biohazard bags, and shipped in cardboard boxes marked "Biological Substance, Category B" to the Environment Agency Austria for analysis. It's the first study of its kind—"maybe because it is not the most pleasant material to work with," Schwable says, but also because it required close collaboration between doctors and analytical chemists, the latter of whom identified the plastics with a method called Fourier-transform infrared micro-spectroscopy.

Every participant's poop tested positive for plastics, from polyethylene (commonly found in plastic bags) to polypropylene (bottle caps) to polyvinyl chloride (the "PVC" in PVC pipe). In fact, of the ten types of plastic that the researchers screened for, nine were detected. On average, the researchers turned up 20 particles of microplastic per quarter pound of poop.

The small number of study participants and the sheer number of ways a person could ingest microplastics make the first question tough to answer. "Everywhere we look for microplastics we find them," says Stephanie Wright, who studies the potential impacts of microplastics on human health at King's College London and was unaffiliated with the study. The test subjects' food logs showed that all of the participants—none of whom are vegetarians and six of whom consumed fish the week before collecting their samples—also consumed plastic-wrapped foods and drank from plastic bottles. Whether the plastic in their stools came from the seafood, the packaging, or something else entirely (microplastics have been found in everything from beer to table salt) remains unclear. "Now that we know there is microplastic present in stool, and we know how to detect it, we aim to perform a larger study including more participants," Schwable says.

Wright says future studies would also benefit from a closer look. The microscopy method Schwable and his colleagues used is common in microplastic analysis, but can't detect particles smaller than 20 microns—about the size of a human skin cell. Wright says a different method, called Raman spectroscopy, could resolve microplastics as small as one micron wide.

It's also tough to say how harmful the microplastics are to humans, because no studies on microplastic toxicity in humans have been performed. Animal studies have shown that microparticles can infiltrate an affected critter's bloodstream, lymphatic system, and perhaps their liver, all while collecting in their guts with potentially harmful consequences for their organs, intestines, and hormone regulation.

What the study does suggest is that microplastics, which have already infiltrated the world's oceans and many of its organisms, appear to have infiltrated our insides, as well.

Surly Newz / Doomstead Diner Daily October 23
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 02:53:44 AM »

Doomstead Diner Daily October 23

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  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

  • Jamal Khashoggi death: Erdoğan to address Turkish parliament – live

    [url=][/url]- Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Turkish president’s planned address to parliament on the events of 2 October, when the Saudi journalist Jamaal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate i…

    Surveillance footage shows Saudi operative in Khashoggi's clothes after he was killed, Turkish source says

    [url=][/url] - In the apparent cover-up that followed Khashoggi's death, Madani, 57, who is of similar height, age and build to Khashoggi, 59, was used as a decoy for the journalist, according to the Turkish offici…

    CIA director flies to Turkey amid growing controversy over Jamal Khashoggi killing

    [url=][/url] - By John Hudson , John Hudson National security reporter focusing on the State Department and diplomacy. Email Bio Follow Shane Harris and Shane Harris Intelligence and national security reporter Emai…

    Perspective | The caravan is coming! And it’s high time to calm the rising media frenzy.

    [url=][/url] - By Margaret Sullivan Margaret Sullivan Media columnist Email Bio Follow Media columnist October 22 at 3:19 PM The exodus of migrants walking through Mexico is, no doubt, a real story. It’s just not t…

    Explosive Device Found Near George Soros’s Home in Westchester County

    [url=][/url] - The police said they had turned the case over to the F.B.I., which did not immediately respond to requests for comment. In a tweet late Monday night, the bureau’s New York office said it was conducti…

    Supreme Court shields Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from answering questions on census

    [url=][/url] - By Robert Barnes and Robert Barnes Reporter covering the U.S. Supreme Court Email Bio Follow Tara Bahrampour Tara Bahrampour Reporter focusing on aging, generations and demography Email Bio Follow Oc…

    Imagined job totals from Trump's imagined arms deal keep growing

    [url=][/url] - Over the summer, Donald Trump told a group of supporters that he’d spoken with the head of U.S. Steel, who told him that, as a result of the president’s policies, the company was opening six new plan…

    Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Could Drive Congress to Finally End Support for Brutal Saudi War in Yemen - The suspected murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia is pushing the U.S. government toward a major internal confrontation over its role in the war in Yemen, one that coul…

    Greg Palast Says He Hasn't Seen Voter Suppression Like This In 18 Years

    [url=][/url] - This morning on AM Joy, Joy Reid asked Greg Palast if the voter suppression tactics were worse this year. “As a journalist covering this, is it more aggressive this year, is it more frantic, the atte…

    Middle Class Destroyed: 50 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than $30,533 A Year - The middle class in America has been declining for decades, and we continue to get even more evidence of the catastrophic damage that has already been done. According to the Social Security Administ…

    How Brazil’s presidential election could eff up the planet for everyone - As the vast Brazilian rainforest steadily dwindles, so do our chances of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. And with the possible election of Jair Bolsonaro, the so-called “Trump of the …

    Hurricane Willa, now a Category 4 storm, threatens Mexico's Pacific coast


    [url=][/url] - Hurricane Willa, a potentially catastrophic storm, swept toward Mexico's Pacific coast with winds of 155 mph, the National Hurricane Center said Monday. Forecasters expect the Category 4 storm to mak…

    Your Poop Is Probably Full of Plastic

    [url=][/url] - Every minute, a dumptruckful of plastic plops into the world's oceans. That's eight billion metric tons every year. Once waterborne, whatever doesn't wash ashore eventually breaks down into itty bits…

    The shocking numbers behind America’s opioid epidemic – “The hard truth is that, unless bold action is taken, the opioid epidemic is projected to claim nearly 500,000 lives over the next decade”

    Map of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S., 2000-2017. Graphic: Visual Capitalist

    [url=][/url] - By Nick Routley 13 October 2018 (Visual Capitalist) – Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, who are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than from ca…

    California’s Underwater Forests Are Being Eaten by the ‘Cockroaches of the Ocean’

    [url=][/url] - The purple urchins will probably stick around. “They’re like cockroaches of the ocean,” Dr. Mastrup said. “They can endure starvation conditions much longer than most of the other critters.” Even the…

    Trump’s Lies Are Becoming Exponentially More Brazen

    Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., on Monday, October 22, 2018.

    [url=][/url] - In the middle of an interview last week with 60 Minutes, Donald Trump seemed to take a perverse joy in baiting anchor Lesley Stahl as she attempted to wrangle him into submission. “Lesley, it’s O.K.,…

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    The Doomstead Diner is a hub for discussion and information pertaining to the ongoing Economic Collapse of the Industrial Economy. The Diner is the result of many years of discussion and debate on many other forums. At Doomstead Diner, our goal is to collate much of the information we can to assist in planning for the world to come.
    Energy / Re: Machinery for a post collapse world
    « Last post by Surly1 on Today at 01:44:36 AM »
    Sometimes even doomers have to do something fun and selfless. As I've mentioned before I come across quite a bit of these older pieces of equipment. This little system is going to a single hardcore homesteading mom of 3 to replace her really quite scary unreliable system. 9.6 kwhr of storage a venerable dr2412 inverter and I've already installed 1kw of solar... it will keep the lights on at home and run the washing machine...

    That's an act of real kindness. You're a good man. It will come back to you a hundred fold.

     :emthup: :emthup:
    Surly Newz / Re: The Daily Meme
    « Last post by K-Dog on October 22, 2018, 09:10:46 PM »

    It's not true. Kashoggi's murder is very important. Apparently it's more important than the murder of a million or so Yemenis...

    Quite true.

    And quite beside the point.

    You're journalist. You'd get the irony better if you were Yemeni.

    Who is that planet of the Apes chimphead on top of Colbert?  He looks like Cornelius.

    Colbert called him 'reverend'.  If he is a 'reverend', he'd better check his messages.

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