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Energy / Re: Malthus to China Potpourri
« on: August 04, 2017, 12:09:01 AM »
I'm adding a link to an article by CHS (below) that I think is a pretty good summary of the present and future state of things in China.  My question is related to point #10 in the article.  Why are wealthy elites fleeing China if they have such a great plan for the future?

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogjune11/wheels-fall-off-China6-11.html


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Diner Newz & Multimedia / Re: TBP down due to DOS attacks
« on: August 04, 2017, 12:08:54 AM »
About the diner...not much variety these days far as #of posters & ideas goes. I suppose the positive is that everything is under control.
The Diner though has never been doing better.  Besides the Alexa Ranking, today was another Record Breaking day for the Diner.  Visits nearly doubled to the blog today, and the Monthly Total for Page Views is up past 52,000.

RE

Congratulations, but there is a mystery here  - if there are so many new listeners to your audio recordings and so many new readers of your blog, then why aren't these newbies engaging in the forum? If your performance was really that spectacular, wouldn't they feel compelled to comment on what a great experience it was for them?

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Geopolitics / Re: Anybody Want to Speculate on the Brexit Vote?
« on: June 24, 2016, 04:03:01 PM »
Can they stop the market rout?  How LOW do we GO?

Good question. Glad I decided to buy some s&p index puts yesterday, question is how long to hold onto them...

Either way I'm really glad a country FINALLY decided to protect their sovereignty and their people.

How laughable - the old announce a fantastic great profitable "trade" after the fact trick.  How many times have I seen this bullshit?  Well, QUITE OFTEN.  And how many time the opposite?  Very few.  Ha Ha Ha!

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Surly Newz / Re: Loudmouth monkeys
« on: May 15, 2016, 02:28:06 PM »
That explains why MKing  posts so much invective between nauseous bouts of self inflating narcissistic puffery.  ;D

I was thinking more along the lines of Donald Trump.   :laugh:

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SNLĎs Hillary Clinton Sings ĎI Canít Make You Love Meí in Cold Open    

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/OEGzR1anIDw?feature=player_detailpage" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/OEGzR1anIDw?feature=player_detailpage</a>

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Diner TV / Re: DD Comedy Channel - Sirius XM Anyone?
« on: February 20, 2016, 02:29:02 PM »
As frequent Diners might know, I recently purchased a new car.  Part of the package was a free three month subscription to Sirius XM radio.  Iíve had a lot of fun with this commercial free entertainment, but I think I recently found my favorite station Ė Comedy Greats.  Iíve only listened to it for a day and a half, but I love it.  My task now is to check out the other channels:


Any recommendations?   ???

I had Sirius XM for a few years, but I finally got tired of it. They had a channel called Book Radio that was all audio books that I listened to all the time.  One day I clicked on it and it had just been dropped and replaced by some channel that they eventually named Rural Radio, but was mostly aimed at the horse crowd. Kinda pissed me off.

I listened to Raw Dog and Laugh USA the most of the comedy channels. I don't think they had Carlin back then. Raw Dog wasn't always that raw, but anything that might have had profanity at all was there, so most of the current stand-up artists could be found there. Comedy Central was current stand-up, also uncensored.

Laugh USA often offered the various comics who sanitize their language for audiences who might be offended by F-Bombs or sexual innuendos.

Canada Laughs had the current Canadian stand-up pros, many of who were very good of course. Not so filtered the way Laugh USA was.

Never much liked Foxxhole. I don't think my Sirius package had the other two channels you listed.

I liked some of the dedicated music channels. The Jazz channel and the light acoustic stuff on Coffee House. I was less impressed by the channels that were dedicated to one band or one genre. I really don't need a music channel with nothing but Death Metal. I can't handle a straight diet of anything, not even the Grateful Dead or Elvis. LOL.

Thanks for the input Eddie - much appreciated.

My experience much the same as Eddie's. Listened mostly to Raw Dog in the car. Don't recall a Carlin channel. This was a few years ago.
Eventually got tired of paying to listen to a subscription channel which is then peppered with ads. I understand the business model, as I make my living in it; but I thought I was paying for a premium channel, where they think they are selling me basic cable.
I understand what they are doing, but determined they could do it without me.

Thanks Eddie and Surly for the great input.  It sounds like both of you opted not to continue your subscription with Sirius XM - Tsk Tsk, you're not being very good consumers now are you?   :icon_mrgreen:  The guy that sold us the car told us we could get the complimentary three month package the car came with (priced at $15/mo.) for about $3.  If this is true and I can jew 'em down to $3, I think I'll be a "good consumer".   :laugh:

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Diner TV / Re: DD Comedy Channel - Sirius XM Anyone?
« on: February 20, 2016, 08:21:20 AM »
As frequent Diners might know, I recently purchased a new car.  Part of the package was a free three month subscription to Sirius XM radio.  Iíve had a lot of fun with this commercial free entertainment, but I think I recently found my favorite station Ė Comedy Greats.  Iíve only listened to it for a day and a half, but I love it.  My task now is to check out the other channels:


Any recommendations?   ???

I had Sirius XM for a few years, but I finally got tired of it. They had a channel called Book Radio that was all audio books that I listened to all the time.  One day I clicked on it and it had just been dropped and replaced by some channel that they eventually named Rural Radio, but was mostly aimed at the horse crowd. Kinda pissed me off.

I listened to Raw Dog and Laugh USA the most of the comedy channels. I don't think they had Carlin back then. Raw Dog wasn't always that raw, but anything that might have had profanity at all was there, so most of the current stand-up artists could be found there. Comedy Central was current stand-up, also uncensored.

Laugh USA often offered the various comics who sanitize their language for audiences who might be offended by F-Bombs or sexual innuendos.

Canada Laughs had the current Canadian stand-up pros, many of who were very good of course. Not so filtered the way Laugh USA was.

Never much liked Foxxhole. I don't think my Sirius package had the other two channels you listed.

I liked some of the dedicated music channels. The Jazz channel and the light acoustic stuff on Coffee House. I was less impressed by the channels that were dedicated to one band or one genre. I really don't need a music channel with nothing but Death Metal. I can't handle a straight diet of anything, not even the Grateful Dead or Elvis. LOL.

Thanks for the input Eddie - much appreciated.
 

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Diner TV / DD Comedy Channel - Sirius XM Anyone?
« on: February 19, 2016, 03:48:54 PM »
As frequent Diners might know, I recently purchased a new car.  Part of the package was a free three month subscription to Sirius XM radio.  Iíve had a lot of fun with this commercial free entertainment, but I think I recently found my favorite station Ė Comedy Greats.  Iíve only listened to it for a day and a half, but I love it.  My task now is to check out the other channels:


Any recommendations?   ???
 
 

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: Diner Testimonials
« on: February 05, 2016, 04:56:44 PM »
You kinda remind me of George Carlin, but just not quite dead yet.

New Tag Line: "The Half-Dead George Carlin of Doom".  :icon_mrgreen:

RE

If this minimal quantity of misguided flattery is giving you some sort of ego boost, I think "The 90% Brain-Dead George Carlin of Doom" is more appropriate.
 

Minimal quantity?  I've got 3 pages of these Testimonials. This is at least the 4th George Carlin comparison too! :icon_sunny:

I sense envy in the commentariat.

Where's your Testimonials?  If you don't have any, you can have some of mine.  I have plenty to spare.  lol.

RE

Good for you RE - I mean that too.  I was just giving you a little jab.  The news flow you have personally been providing is top notch.  I still can't decide if the BDI plunge means much of anything at all, but you were all over the story. 
 

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: Diner Testimonials
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:40:14 PM »
You kinda remind me of George Carlin, but just not quite dead yet.

New Tag Line: "The Half-Dead George Carlin of Doom".  :icon_mrgreen:

RE

If this minimal quantity of misguided flattery is giving you some sort of ego boost, I think "The 90% Brain-Dead George Carlin of Doom" is more appropriate.
   
   

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: The Signposts Up Ahead
« on: January 24, 2016, 03:42:27 PM »
A starvation larder will begin to stock store shelves. 

Seems like something similar to this happened on my home Thursday afternoon.  Due to the inclement weather forecast for my area, I left work early to drop by the grocery store.  Knowing I would not be able to grill steaks on the deck Sat. nite I wanted to pick up a beef roast to do in the crock pot.  We usually get a chuck roast, but I didnít like the looks of the ONE chuck this store had Thursday afternoon.  Jeezus - a single chuck left. So I bought an angus bottom round roast.  As predicted, the bottom round is not quite as tender as a chuck, but it has advantages. Itís much leaner, so there arenít any huge chunks of fat in the final product.  It was still tender enough to where it had a ďshred factorĒ Ė in other words, I could poke and pull at it with a fork and the meat would come apart.  Iíll definitely be buying bottom round more often.  One thing I did that I think helps with the tenderness factor is I seared the meat on all sides (after patting it with all over with a flour & pepper mix) in a skillet with heated oil.  I think the searing helps lock in the juices while itís slow cooking.  IOW, searing might be a little more important with a bottom round.   

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The Diner Pantry / Re: Gourmet Movies
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:52:29 PM »
My family loves Indian food. Here in Austin we have the old...like the Clay Pit which has been on our A-List for many years...and the new, like hipster haven G'Raj Mahal.

Clay pit has opened a string of suburban take-out joints under the name Tarka. We have one close to the office we hit for lunch. Yum.

Looks like you're all set for munching Indian vittles just about anytime you want to.  I'm jealous.   :laugh:

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The Diner Pantry / Gourmet Movies
« on: January 10, 2016, 02:53:11 PM »
Hey folks, I watched a fantastic food-related movie last night - The Hundred-Foot Journey. I highly recommend this movie for anyone that cooks and takes pride in the end result.   

On a related note, if you have not tried much Indian cuisine, you should try it out IMO.  I didn't like it when I was a teen, but things change. Most Indian restaurants are family-owned and they typically make great take-out. Many also let you specify mild, medium, or hot for the spice factor.  My wife is not a big fan of Indian food so I don't get to eat it very often.  My opportunity to eat Indian usually comes when she gets a hankering for a philly cheesesteak sub - on the way to the sub joint is a really good Indian restaurant (Betel Indian Kitchen).  So I just make two stops to pick up dinner on that night.    :icon_sunny:
 


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Agelbert Newz / Re: JoeP's 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited
« on: January 10, 2016, 02:13:12 PM »
I'm surprised MKing hasn't commented on my recent purchase because he seems to know quite a bit about cars.  Hey MKing, whatcha think about the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited?

Just curious, but what kind of terms did you get on the financing? Was it a low to zero interest rate and what is the length of the loan? Or did you buy it cash or lease it?  :icon_scratch: ???

I checked out the warrantee thing on flex fuel conversions and yeah, Toyota tries to put the fear of God in you on that score.  :emthdown: Their web site just lists some trucks as flex fuel "approved". They also add insult to ethanol incorrectly perceived injury by claiming that a more frequent maintenance regime must be observed!  :evil4: Assholes!  :emthdown:

But please remember, JoeP, it really is scaremongering on behalf of the fossil fuel vested interests. If you don't believe me, please ponder the FACT that the nozzle on ethanol pumps is NOT different from gasoline (like it is with diesel) AND that the ONLY thing you DO to an engine to make it flex fuel capable is MODIFY THE SOFTWARE.

You know a thing or three about software  :emthup: . Why don't you find out what exactly is reprogrammed in the ECM to let the engine use flex fuel and prevent the check engine light software from triggering? I would be interested in knowing about it. 

Even if you never convert to flex fuel, it may save you some money down the road... ;)

We paid cash - so the banks (or dealership) will not be making any money on financing.  For some reason, zero percent financing was not available for Hybrids.

I'm still considering the conversion but I have to be honest - I typically abide by the principle "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".   :icon_sunny:   

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I'm surprised MKing hasn't commented on my recent purchase because he seems to know quite a bit about cars.  Hey MKing, whatcha think about the 2016 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited?

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