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The Diner Pantry / 🥩 Doomstead Diner Dinner Special: 12/15/2018
« Last post by RE on Today at 03:42:53 PM »
It's Steak Saturday again here inside the Diner, time to enjoy some more great Brazilian Beef!

You would think after last night's pig out at the Churrascaria we would have had our fill of cow flesh for the week, but noooooo, not the Diner Meatosauruses!  MOAR MEAT!

We headed out to one of the fine Steakhouses in Recife, CT Boucherie.  Steakhouses are not the same as Churascaria's they serve a more traditional single dish of your choice rather than coming around to your table with All-You-Can-Eat BBQed cuts on skewers.  For our choice tonight, we had to go with the Diner Favorite Cut, Prime Rib.  More on this when the results of the survey are published tomorrow for Sunday Brunch.  This dish is the most expensive on the CT Boucherie menu, coming in at R$140.  Which sounds like a lot, but at the current exchange rate that's only $35.  An equal quality Prime Rib dinner here will cost you $50 and up.

Hope you enjoy tonight's Brazilian Prime Rib Feast.  My plate pictured below, I'm in the Rare category for beef consumption.


Today's Dinner Special

Rare Prime Rib

Feijon & Farofa

Pinot Noir
Geological & Cosmological Events / Re: Mud Flood
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 03:32:10 PM »
Start at the 11:00 min mark of the vid.

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Geological & Cosmological Events / Re: Mud Flood
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 03:28:45 PM »
1944 CIA Doc. that issues a directive to re-write TarTarian history.

The top of page two & page ten.
Surly Newz / Searching for Trump's Tipping Point
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 03:01:48 PM »
Searching but not finding.
The author makes some good points about the nature of the Trump coalition and their values. The observations about "coalition of restoration" vs. a "coalition of transformation" resonated with me. See what you think.

Searching for Trump's Tipping Point

Author 93

Twelve months ago, Donald Trump's presidential approval rating averaged 38 percent. Now, the 538 website suggests that Trump's approval rating has improved to 42 percent. ([url=][/url]). Thus, after two chaotic years, a significant segment of the electorate continues to approve of Trump's White House performance. What accounts for this?

The Economy: When I talk to Trump supporters, they say the same thing, "I don't approve of Trump's behavior but he has been good for the economy."

Since the 2016 presidential election, the US economy has done well. Overall it has grown at a rate greater than 3 percent; in the 2018 second quarter it grew at 4.2 percent and in the third quarter at 3.5 percent. Even though the economy was growing when Obama was President, it's reasonable for Trump supporters to laud economic growth,

Nonetheless, there are signs the economy is slowing. (Over the past month the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped about 1500 points.) How will Trump supporters feel about Donald when the economy slumps?

Immigration: Perhaps, if the economy slumps, Trump voters will be mollified if he begins to build "the wall" along the border with Mexico. After all, many Trump supporters are satisfied with his stance on immigration; when Donald warned of an immigrant "invasion," before the midterm election, his base showed up at the polls and saved the Republican Senate majority.

Nonetheless, it's unlikely that Trump is going to get congressional support to build his wall. (Although. at the moment, he seems intent on a partial government shutdown to force this issues.) In fact, it's unlikely that Donald is going to have any major legislative accomplishment in the near future. Will this lack of accomplishment get through to Trump voters?

Fox News: Many Trump supporters only talk to other Trump groupies and get their news from the Fox News Network, which puts a pro-Trump spin on everything.-

For this reason, Trump supporters refuse to believe negative reports on Trump's behavior; they dismiss it as "fake news." No matter how many felonies the Department of Justice links to Donald, Trump's supporters are unlikely to turn on him until Fox News tells them to.

Recently, we've seen signs that the Trump-Fox News relationship is fraying. Earlier this month, Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized Trump ([url=][/url]) for failing to keep his major campaign promises, such as building the wall and defunding Obamacare. "I don't think he's capable of sustained focus. I don't think he understands the system," Carlson said. On December 12th, Fox legal analyst Andrew Napolitano observed, "The American public 'learned' on Wednesday that federal prosecutors have evidence President Trump committed a crime."

Resentment: Trump's base is fueled by "white resentment." Arlie Hochschild's book, "Stranger in Their Own Land," described the viewpoint of Trump devotees: They feel they have been unfairly denied their shot at the American dream. They turned to Trump because they saw him as someone outside the government who could shake things up.

Trump voters are similar to women who, in a desperate search for love, make terrible relationship choices. Even after their partner becomes abusive, they cling to him; saying, "I know he loves me and I believe over time he will change for the better." Even after Trump voters are confronted with evidence of his lies and abusive behavior, they continue to support him. Trump supporters call evidence of malfeasance "fake news."

In an abusive relationship, it's difficult for a woman to set limits with her abusive partner. Often, she is only able to separate after a horrendous event -- such as a beating that sends her to the hospital. Similarly, it's difficult for Trump voters to set limits with Trump; witness the typical comment, "I don't like how Trump behaves but he has been good for the economy." This suggests that most Trump supporters will stay with Donald until the economy tanks.

The Cultural Divide: Living on the Left Coast, it's difficult to find hard-core Trump supporters; the vast majority live in other parts of the country, such as Mississippi or North Dakota. They live in a sympathetic rural culture.

Many observers, such as veteran political reporter Ron Brownstein, ( ) feel that we are in the midst of a cultural "civil war":

"Over roughly the past two decades, attitudes toward these [cultural] changes have become the fundamental dividing line in American politics. In both presidential and congressional races, Republicans rely on what I've called a "coalition of restoration" that revolves around older, blue-collar, and evangelical Christian whites, mostly outside of urban areas, who feel most uneasy about these changes. Democrats mobilize a competing "coalition of transformation" centered on minority, millennial and college-educated white voters (especially women), who are mostly clustered in major metropolitan areas and the most comfortable with the changes.... More explicitly than any other recent Republican nominee, Trump ran as a candidate of restoration." [Emphasis added]

From this perspective, Trump's voters are holding on to him because he's the most powerful national politician representing their culture. These voters are not going to abandon Trump until he leaves office. In many instances Trump supporters see him as their last and best hope to restore the American dream.

Geopolitics / Re: French Fried Frog Frexit
« Last post by RE on Today at 02:36:40 PM »
In terms of restriction, I would urge a lighter stick, because I roll that way.

I already gave him 10 day and 30 day trips to the Cooler.  They didn't work to change his behavior.  Some men you just can't reach.  It's a Failure to Communicate.

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Geopolitics / Re: French Fried Frog Frexit
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 02:18:51 PM »

I refuse to draw lines, because as we have already established here, the lines are completely arbitrary. I also take my human nature seriously, the shadow personality we were talking about on another thread, and know that I cannot be trusted to draw the lines justly. The people who are eager to draw lines are the ones who are drawing them for either self-serving or nihilistic reasons.

Good he can come out for Christmas and New Years.  The following could help him out if he pays attention.

I'm glad you spoke up, because I was starting to wonder if RE was the only other person to see whats he was doing.

In terms of restriction, I would urge a lighter stick, because I roll that way.

At the next vacancy for God, if I am elected,
I shall forgive last the delicately wounded who,
having been slugged no harder than anyone else,
never got up again, neither to fight back,
nor to finger their jaws in painful admiration.
They who are wholly broken, and they in whom mercy is understanding,
I shall embrace at once and lead to pillows in heaven.
But they who are the meek by trade, baiting the best of their betters with extortions of a mock-helplessness,
I shall take last to love, and never wholly.
Let them all in Heaven - I abolish Hell -
but let it be read over them as they enter:
Beware the calculations of the meek, who gambled nothing
gave nothing, and could never receive enough.

--John Ciardi

In terms of "refusing to draw lines," that is nonsense because we all draw lines. Truth, as we see it, is worth defending. And as they say, if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

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Geological & Cosmological Events / Re: Mud Flood
« Last post by azozeo on Today at 01:20:37 PM »
Great comparison of then & now....

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Surly Newz / Re: Things That Make Me Say, "Dafuq?"
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 01:05:54 PM »
In the US employers can force worker to work any amount of over time they demand for zero pay. Welcome to capitalism.

Not quite. By definition, overtime pay of time-and-a-half is required for hours worked over 8 in a day, 40 in a week, and for the first 8 hours of the seventh day worked in a week. Double pay is required for any hours worked over 12 in a day or in excess of eight hours on any seventh day of a workweek. This is for "non-exempt" employees.

Exempt employees like me can be worked until hell won't have it. Exempt employees, because of their rate of pay and type of work that they do, are not eligible for overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

The vast majority of employers have to pay overtime, not all do. If the employer is covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal wage and hour law that sets out the overtime rules, they do.
Surly Newz / Re: The Alternet Thread
« Last post by Surly1 on Today at 01:00:55 PM »

TODAY'S TOP STORIES - December 15, 2018

The Rise of the Robots: How Trump and the Republicans betrayed their base voters

By Dartagnan, Daily Kos

the Trump tax cut did more than just encourage automated replacement of workers in Trump country—it encouraged industries to move out of the country altogether: READ MORE»

Here are 5 of the most ridiculous right-wing moments this week

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Some right-wing craziness that occurred this week. READ MORE»

Trump's worst legal nightmare isn't Robert Mueller: Meet Letitia James

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

The president isn't prepared for what's coming. READ MORE»

All Donald Trump wanted was to be president — and just look how it turned out!

By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

He just wanted to be president, and now look at him; Trump is going to be a defendant READ MORE»

Paul Ryan bids farewell to D.C. by doing Trump’s bidding just as Republicans find some spine on foreign policy

By Sophia Tesfaye, Salon

Paul Ryan’s disgraceful last act: Providing cover for Trump on Yemen war READ MORE»

The NRA's financial weaknesses — explained

The Conversation

Trends indicate that at a time when the NRA’s clout may seem stronger than ever, its financial power may be faltering. READ MORE»

The coming parade of witnesses against Trump

By Martin Longman, The Washington Monthly

They won’t be tell-all mistresses or victims of sexual harassment or victims of fraud and aggrieved contractors or pissed off members of the intelligence community. They will be people from Trump’s inner circle. READ MORE»

The truth about the 'pee tape': Experts compare the infamous Steele dossier with Mueller's findings

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

None of it has been disproven. READ MORE»

Trump is an 'idiot entertainer' who only cares about lurid spectacles of sex, gore and fantasy

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

There is a familiar checklist for extinction. We are ticking off every item on it. READ MORE»

Here are the signs that Trump's support among key Republicans may finally be cracking

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

With the bad news mounting for Trump, even some Senate Republicans show signs of weariness. READ MORE»

Here are the top 10 reasons I don't believe in God

By Greta Christina, AlterNet

"Does God exist?" is a valid and relevant question. Here are my top reasons why the answer is a resounding, "No." READ MORE»

Ivanka Trump played an undisclosed role funneling inauguration funds to the family business — raising the 'potential for undue enrichment'

By Ilya Marritz, Justin Elliott, ProPublica, WNYC

As the inaugural committee planned the landmark celebration, internal concerns were raised about whether Trump’s Washington hotel was overcharging for event space. The spending could be a violation of the law. READ MORE»

Federal judge in Texas rules all of Obamacare to be unconstitutional

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Even conservative legal analysts called the ruling "insane." READ MORE»

'Don't fool yourselves': Conservative writer speaks hard truths to the GOP — warning Trump's legal jeopardy is all too real

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

He knocks down the weak arguments that Trump's defenders have used. READ MORE»

Paul Krugman argues that the GOP's massive tax cut is revealing itself to be a disappointing failure

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

"[It] does look as if Trumpophoria is fading..." READ MORE»

Economics / Re: How Blockchain Will Rule Your World
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 12:26:40 PM »
A couple of things that make me stay very sure about my crypto long term call is what's happened behind the headlines this year.

One is that the smart money is doubling down. Er, uh, quadrupling down, actually.

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The second is that during the 2018 bear market, the number of individuals in the world who own cryptos, as demonstrated by having some kind of wallet, has almost tripled from 2016 levels, and has continued to rise throughout 2018, as BTC and most cryptos have tanked.

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This is not how it ends. I can tell you that much.

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