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Marathon Man Newz / Re: NY Times Puts Trump In Their Sights
« on: July 19, 2018, 03:24:09 PM »
This kind of op-ed piece is typical NYT anti-Trump rhetoric, but you have to admit it does look like the mask is starting to slip on Trump's lack of real coherent understanding of world politics. He's been out of his depth since the day he got elected, but his bullshit has been working until now. It is not clear that it keeps working.

The Unwinding of Donald Trump

By David RemnickJuly 17, 2018

The contemptible remarks that Trump delivered alongside Vladimir Putin seemed to mark a turning point, even for some of his most ardent defenders.Photograph by Yuri Gripas / Bloomberg / Getty
In dictatorial states, a failure to applaud the Leader has often been a matter of treason. Last February, following the State of the Union address, President Trump flew to Blue Ash, Ohio, for a rally and accused the Democrats in Congress of that very crime. Their crime was a failure to stand and applaud sufficiently for the President of the United States.
I think you and the NYT are missing the real point.  The cardinal rule of being a strongman is NEVER SHOW WEAKNESS.  That is where Trump stumbled in Helsinki.  Apologizing afterwards only made it worse.  The moment the Alpha starts to limp the other wolves start to attack to try to establish dominance.  Can Trump recover?  We shall see.

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They call those "listicles." Their purpose is to elecit monetizable clicks.
They are the crotch-fungus of the internet.
Okay, if those are listicles, then what are those things where you answer page after page of questions?  Quizicles?  Testicles?  :icon_mrgreen:

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Don't play dumb. It doesn't suit you.

That NBC story does NOT mention Hillary Clinton. And even if he was supposed to testify in some drug case and somebody killed him to prevent that, he wasn't going to be testifying against Clinton at all. NOT AT ALL.

It's fake story because they took a real story and somehow twisted it to make it look like Clinton was up on drug charges. That's the impression one would get from the line I showed you. It's just the kind of thing Surly was citing earlier. That's exactly how fake news is done. Its classic fake news.

I'm trying to be nice. You're posting stuff here that is pure Trump spam. Please don't.
Eddie!!  Shame on you!  Did you actually go and read the article he linked to?  It's a hoot!  It's almost as good as The Onion!

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The Diner Pantry / Re: 🥩 Doomstead Diner Lunch Special: 6/28/2018
« on: June 30, 2018, 01:45:30 AM »
NOBODY except a Vegan would snub this Panini, not even Eddie.

I'll take mine with Mushrooms and Peppercorn Sauce.  No cheese.  I wand the full flavor of the MEAT.

How would you like yours dressed?
Sigh... I love onions, but they don't love me... I will have to pass on this one....

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Sorry David, but the term "rosy" has a connotation of not being real world. Why do you think I would assume otherwise? I do not get it.

I too love RMI. I am glad you share my respect for all the solutions they propose. I apologize if I misunderstood you. They want everybody to go electric. I do too. you said that was a "rosy" scenario. You then said you were going to follow a different path. What, exactly did I miss?
Regarding heating in the winter, my wife really likes our wood pellet stove.

You do not understand how radical that statement is.

When we got the house, it also came with electric baseboard heating, so the understanding was, we would be using that, and the wood pellet stove would get torn out eventually.  But she agreed to give it a try, and we ended up never using the the baseboard heating, only using a couple plug-in electric space heaters for a few hours about a dozen times when we would wake up to find the stove had gone out in the middle of the night.

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Yes, I remember well when the purchaser of a used car in decent condition was a wise man, now he is a fool. Unless affordability is out of the question a used car no longer makes any sense. Between repairs, safety stickers, catalytic converters and the absurd prices, anyone with a brain knows the dealers are colluding with one another, used vehicles are just another reason to try and not be poor in this economy. Just imagine buying a five year old shit box at half the price of a new one if you don't have to due to financial circumstances. It would have been a quarter of the cost or less in the old days. The repairs and tires chump change compared to todays rip offs by the unscrupulous.

I bought my 1999 Raised Roof Conversion Van last summer for $5000.  Runs great, in great condition no dents and no rust.  Fully legal registered and insured..  New, a similar van costs $40K-$50K.  I have no debtg on it, bought for CASH from the previous owner on Craig's List.  HTF would it have made better financial sense to buy a new van for 8-10X the price?  If something really goes wrong that is too expensive to fix, I just buy another $5000 Van.  I am still way ahead of the game.

I also doubt anything will go wrong with this van anytime soon, it runs like clockwork, smooth as silk.  I jusrt put new oil and all new filters in.  Ifd I take it next summer on the Al-Can pulling a trailer, I'll have rthe heavy duty suspension put in.
RE, I think both you and GO are correct, the difference in your opinions/experiences is due to the difference in your abilities.  RE, you have the ability to tell whether a used vehicle will run well or is a clunker.  That is critical to having good experiences buying used vehicles.  If you don't have that ability, then paying 8x -10x more for a vehicle that will last you 20x - 30x longer is a relative bargain.  Or, more likely, lasts 10x longer but is only 4-5x as expensive after all the money you put in repairs.

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Geopolitics / Re: The Nuclear War thread
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:32:30 PM »
The new Diner Black Berets will protect your brain from the radiation.  You can buy a Lead Liner for them.  :icon_sunny:


"No need for a chintzy tin-foil hat!  Wear a stylish lead-lined Doomstead Diner beret!"

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The issue here is that "if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem".  As long as you maintain the position the "Capitalism has some good points, it was just corrupted by a few Evil Men at the top", you are part of the problem.  This is the group of people who now try to make a distinction between "capitalism" and "corporatism". Trying to throw whitewash over a really bad system which has impoverished billions for the profit of 1%.  It's not the "few bad apples" that make Capitalism bad, the system itself is rotten to the core.

Will Socialism fix all the ills of resource depletion and population overshoot we have now?  Of course not, but it would provide a more equitable distribution of wealth during the spin down.  All the wealth of the top 10% should be stripped and used to fund the rebuilding of public infrastructure.  All excess housing besides the dwelling a person actually lives in should be converted to housing for the Homeless.  All excess vehicles besides the one the person needs for daily tasks should be converted to a fleet for pbulicly available rental cars at affordable prices.  All wages should come within 1 Standard Deviation of the mean, in our current economy around $70K household income.  Essentially this means nobody over $150K, nobody under $35K.  Medical care should be public and supported by taxation on profits and excess income above the $150K threshhold.

Most industries should be converted to Worker Cooperatives, run by the workers.  The main conduits in particular, Energy, Food, Housing, Medicine, Communications and Transportation.  Managers should be selected by the workers, not by the share holders in a corporation.  Banking and Money Creation should be done by Goobermint, not by a private cartel of International Banksters.

Many other changes are necessary of course, but this would be a good start towards managing the spin down we have ahead here.  Capitalism and its Apologists are the Enemy, they gotta go.
There is one thing that virtually everyone is missing... that "golden age" of American capitalism, the 1950s and 1960s, the one when America was "great"?  Who owned the vast majority of corporate stocks back then?  Pension funds.  So, indirectly, the corporations, in being run for the shareholder's benefits, were being run for for the worker's benefit, when they retired, on their defined benefit plan.  But then, in the 1970s, the switch was made to defined contribution plans, and participation made optional, and ownership of corporations dwindled away from the workers.

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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: June 22, 2018, 06:42:55 PM »
Maybe take chainsaw chains and put a handle on each end for 2 men to work. At about 35$ each and if sharpened properly lasting 3 yrs, youre looking at 100$ a decade, post collapse.  Obviously needs experimentation prior to forking out.
They have one-man hand chain saws already.  Once you use one of those, you'll realize that it is the saw chain that is the real technology, all the rest is just a fancy crank.
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Doomsteading / Re: C5 Walks into a Diner...
« on: June 22, 2018, 05:08:37 PM »
Sulfuric acid isn't easy at all to make, unless you have the starting materials handy. One process uses elctrolysis of water. Starting material is....hydrobromic acid.

Nope. Don't got.

You can oxidize sulfur dioxide...nope.

Or...you could find some copper sulfate...maybe, not sure where, and use electrolysis to convert that.

Lacking, is an easy way to go from elemental sulfur straight to the sulfuric acid, although I'm sure somebody does have a hack to get there..
Easy peasy pudding and pie.... just take fool's gold and water... aka "acid mine drainage".

That is, if you happen to live right near some abandoned coal mines....

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Che Guevara, From The Historical Evidence.
« on: June 18, 2018, 04:50:47 PM »
Cuba didn't power down on purpose. They were forced to by circumstance. This makes them an interesting example of what the future is likely to hold. It does NOT make them superior, or a good place to live, or anything particularly positive.

I have no trouble at all recognizing repression, here or elsewhere. I measure it in higher taxes. I measure it in public lands once open to all but now made inaccessible. I measure it by the loss of rights of all kinds. I measure it by confiscated property, and how many people are in jail for bullshit charges.

Your "mathematical" analogy makes no damn sense to me, sorry. Not sure what you were going for there.

Repression is not the future. Repression is here and ongoing, and getting worse all the time. Anyone who thinks our government isn't repressive should do something to make contact with the court system. Guaranteed to make your represso-meter go right off the scale.
The big problem is that much of your freedom is built on your ownership of slaves.

Now granted, we're talking the mechanical kind, a la 22 Billion Energy Slaves.

But if they didn't work for you, your options would be much more limited.

And, the real problem is, most of them run off of petroleum, which will be running short.  And even before that, they are already doing irreparable damage to our life support systems.

So, repression is the future.  That's one thing Cuba can teach us.  The funny part is, if we resign ourselves to living by Mother Nature's rules, we end up with the most freedom in the end.

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Che Guevara, From The Historical Evidence.
« on: June 18, 2018, 03:30:07 PM »
Well does "repression" have anything to do with resource scarcity?
The big thing is that when the pie is getting larger, everyone can have a larger piece, even if the poor only get crumbs.  ("Let them eat crumbs" is what she said, not cake!)  When the pie is getting smaller, that trick no longer works; for the rich to get richer, the poor must get poorer.

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Che Guevara, From The Historical Evidence.
« on: June 17, 2018, 09:36:36 PM »
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And if they follow the rules for an insurrection, and not a revolution, it might even be successful.

OK then, what are the rules for an insurrection?  If everyone gets a trial and an appeal, and is still found guilty and executed, is the head of the appellate court a war criminal?
Wrong kind of rules... think more along the lines of "rules of engagement".

First and foremost rule of running a successful insurrection, make sure you have supplies that can not be cut off by the government you are fighting.  So, for example, don't rely on foreign oil to grow your crops to feed your troops if the oil can be embargoed.
Let me take it a step backwards, by way of analogy, to make the difference between revolutions and insurrections even clearer....

Scientists did a study tracking via radio collar all the mountain lions in a given area.  They found that, except for mating, whenever two adult mountain lions came together, it was always a fight to the death.

So, if you are a mountain lion, and you are going to fight another mountain lion, you have to be prepared for a fight to the death.  That is like having a revolution.

If you are a deer, however, and you encounter a mountain lion, your goal is not to kill the mountain lion.  It is to run away and keep from getting killed until the mountain lion decides you're not worth pursuing anymore and gives up.  That is like having an insurrection.

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Che Guevara, From The Historical Evidence.
« on: June 17, 2018, 04:00:02 PM »
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And if they follow the rules for an insurrection, and not a revolution, it might even be successful.

OK then, what are the rules for an insurrection?  If everyone gets a trial and an appeal, and is still found guilty and executed, is the head of the appellate court a war criminal?
Wrong kind of rules... think more along the lines of "rules of engagement".

First and foremost rule of running a successful insurrection, make sure you have supplies that can not be cut off by the government you are fighting.  So, for example, don't rely on foreign oil to grow your crops to feed your troops if the oil can be embargoed.

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Marathon Man Newz / Re: Che Guevara, From The Historical Evidence.
« on: June 17, 2018, 02:04:13 PM »
in·sur·rec·tion
ˌinsəˈrekSH(ə)n/Submit
noun
a violent uprising against an authority or government.

rev·o·lu·tion
ˌrevəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/Submit
noun
1.
a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.
Thank you!!  My point is right there in the definitions you provided....  revolution is about OVERTHROWing a government.  Getting rid of it completely.  It was never the goal of the American colonists to get rid of Britain's government, nor was it the Confederacy's goal to get rid of the United States government.  In both cases of course they were violent uprisings.

I do not particularly care what misconceptions people in other countries have.  The real problem is when people try to conduct a revolution by following the example of the War of American Independence, when they don't have the experience with self-governance that the colonists had been afforded.

And this is not just an academic point of history.  Anyone who thinks there will be a revolution in the near future in the United States is bat-shit crazy.  But, an insurrection is almost certainly coming.  And if they follow the rules for an insurrection, and not a revolution, it might even be successful.

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