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It's official: The religious right is calling it quits via @TheWeek
And now First Things, the intellectually formidable monthly magazine that played a decisively important role in formulating the interdenominational and interreligious ideology that once galvanized the religious right, has decided to pick up its marbles and go home. - WarLord
Maybe I'm overstating the significance of a brief article published on the First Things website earlier this week, but I don't think so. Authored by editor R.R. Reno, "A Time to Rend" appears to put the magazine's moral and intellectual weight (which remains considerable on the religious right) behind a movement that calls on churches to cease administering civil marriages. - WarLord
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I finally stopped raining and I needed to get out of the house, so came down to the pub for hotdogs and beers. Turns out lots of other folks had the same idea.
Also, typo. I wasn't raining I swear. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
*steals for a lyric* - Big Joe Silence
Ha, you're welcome. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
The sky was crying - WarLord
Pope Francis: 'Ideological Christians' Are a 'Serious Illness' | Alternet
Francis said that ideologies are “rigid.” “When a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought,” Francis said, according to Radio Vatican. - WarLord
Steven Perez
waiting to board @ San Antonio AMTRAK Station
waiting to board @ San Antonio AMTRAK Station
Have a safe ride - WarLord
Republicans Can’t Stop Obama: Boehner Told He Can’t Defund Immigration Executive Orders via @politicususa
The Hill reported, “This agency is entirely self-funded through the fees it collects on various immigration applications,” the committee said in a statement. “Congress does not appropriate funds for any of its operations, including the issuance of immigration status or work permits, with the exception of the ‘E-Verify’ program. Therefore, the appropriations process cannot be used to ‘defund’ the agency.” - WarLord
First grader left hungry by lunch lady over account balance: ”Guess what, you can’t have a lunch’
From Comments: If his mother was pregnant with him, they'd make sure he was fed. They'd make sure she was tied to the bed and forcibly fed until he was born. After that, they don't care - WarLord
From Comments: ...after reading this news story, conservatives across the US were embarrassed by ejaculating in their pants at the thought of an American kid going hungry. Now they can hardly wait for a chance to deny him healthcare, shut down his public school, throw his family out on the street, and, when he's older, figure out a way to deny him the right to vote. Fun times...for soulless, heartless, dogmatic, reactionary, regressive, conservative assholes... - WarLord
Will there be a Federal Government shutdown? Of course there will! The Republicans give zero fucks about so-called centrist pundits, any way they own the narrative: "Obama won't play nice and we are not happy" Republicans paid no NO penalty for last shutdown and Ted Cruz wants to be President... My advice see Grand Canyon now
See the Grand Canyon NOW before the new congress and Ted Cuz reading more Doctor Suess - WarLord
Walt Crawford
Always fun to see history being rewritten: Just read an Atlantic piece in which James Fallows basically says that Jim Koch and his Sam Adams beer are responsible for America's craft beer movement. Based on the article, Anchor Steam (which Fritz Maytag brought back to life in 1971) doesn't exist at all, and Sierra Nevada...
... (1979, still five years earlier than Sam Adams) is just some little nobody barely worth mentioning. Of course, both of them suffer because (a) they're in California, not the East Coast and (b) they actually make their beer on premises, rather than contracting it out. And apparently their spokespeople aren't as charming as Jim Koch (the woman who cofounded the brewery is mentioned in the article. Once.) - Walt Crawford
Hell, I'd argue that at 2.5 million barrels, Sam Adams isn't a craft beer at all. (That's roughly three times the size of Sierra Nevada and more than ten times the size of Anchor Steam, which so far has remained a craft brewery.) </grump> (Since I don't drink beer anyway, this shouldn't bother me, except that it's typical of New York "if it didn't happen here or nearby, it didn't really happen" journalism. - Walt Crawford
When I was still a beer drinker, I had a Sam Adams once. As I remember, I thought "better than CoorsMillerBudCrap, not even in the same league as Sierra Nevada and not as good as Anchor Steam." But that was a long time ago. Before California had more than 800 microbreweries and craft breweries... - Walt Crawford
Long before Sam Adams when I worked at Hamm's Brewery in St Paul we'd do small runs of "craft beers" they didn't call them that they were just small lots of special recipe beers for specific markets and liquor wholesalers. And if you worked there you could buy a case on payday. Mickey's Malt forth win - WarLord
WarLord: Yep. In my mind, contract beers done to a special recipe aren't in the same league as breweries devoted to full-flavored beers. (Of course, I'm old enough to remember when Miller's High Life was a medium-bodied beer with some actual taste, before it was transformed into another BudCoorsLucky clone. I'm *old.*) - Walt Crawford
VIDEO- Minnesota Food Taste Test: via @YouTube. They asked 8 people from the West Coast to try some Minnesota foods the results are laugh out loud funny esp if you're FROM Minnesota
Plus of course watching people confront Lutefisk - WarLord
Yvonne Renee
I'm so sad right now. It's almost 2am in NJ. I got here about 2 hours ago and I already miss my kids terribly. Also, my dear friend's daughter is sick which I feel very deeply and am helpless to do anything about it. And another thing that I can't share yet weighs on me, too. I'm hoping a good night's sleep makes me feel a tiny bit better. :-(
Sleep well, and feel better tomorrow - Eric - Regulate from iPhone
Get a good night's sleep. - Anne Bouey
Be well - WarLord
Be good to yourself. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
I hope you were able to get a good night's sleep and that it was beneficial. *hugs* - vicster: hon. canadian
Hugs - Janet from FFHound!
I'm pretty certain I got almost 7 hours of sleep! Now to race around and buy last minute items I didn't want to pack. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Eh, make that 6 hours including a whole lotta restlessness. (It's a bit cold here.) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I'm sorry for the homesickness and for the undisclosed thing that's weighing on you. *hugs* - Stephen Mack
Simply Caroline
This is why I can't be a #stayathomemom I need yoga class and a book club minimum. I'll write that in my prenupt.
And Starbucks.... #gottahavecoffee - WarLord
Coffeebean is better - Simply Caroline from iPhone
Will Uber's Latest Scandal Finally Make People Worry About Big Data?
"... But the data privacy implications of an Uber employee accessing a journalist's ride data without her permission may loom larger over the company in the long term than Micheal's poorly thought-out dinner banter. It's data about users' locations, after all, that enables the company's service. But not all Uber customers may have thought through the implications of the highly personal data cache they have turned over to the company. Uber, however, is intimately aware — in one 2012 blog post, the company boasted about being able to determine when likely overnight encounters occurred just by the timing and location of trips. ..." - WarLord
"... According to BuzzFeed, when reporter Johana Bhuiyan arrived at Uber's New York headquarters for an interview earlier this month, local general manager Josh Mohrer was waiting outside for her — and gestured to his iPhone, telling Bhuiyan he was tracking her arrival. In an earlier e-mail exchange with the reporter, Mohrer e-mailed her logs of some of her own Uber trips. The reporter had not given him permission to access her travel data, BuzzFeed says. ..." - WarLord
Cardinal's demotion helps Pope Francis quell 'conservative backlash' -- for now |
"... Burke, who was prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura -- the highest court in the Vatican and a position of considerable power -- when he spoke out, was shifted to the largely ceremonial role of patron to the sovereign military order of Malta. Burke, whose demotion is without precedent in recent Church history, has since denied that he is attacking Francis, yet many remain unconvinced. ..." - WarLord
Pro-tip to the College of Cardinals - Next time you are looking form a pliable puppet as Pope don't pick a Jesuit #justsayin - WarLord
And of course Karl Rove is shitting bricks at Church's leftward focus - WarLord
Utah may deprive NSA facility of all its water: “This is a bill about civil rights” via @Salon
Welcome to water politics in the age of Climate Change when water becomes a hammer - WarLord
Tom Coburn’s lunacy and the real meaning of the immigration fight via @Salon
THIS: "...Put differently, an honest estimation of the anti-reform bloc’s views here would spend a lot more time looking to Pat Buchanan, author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” and many other anti-immigration tracts, than James Madison. And it would devote more energy to teasing out the links between Mitt Romney, who blamed his 2012 loss on Obama’s willingness to dole out “gifts,” and Michele Bachmann, who described the president’s executive orders as an attempt to make “illiterate” immigrants the “new voters” for the Democrats in 2016. That’s where you have to look to understand immigration politics; forget about checks and balances and start listening to conservatives when they say they’re fighting to “take our country back.” ..." - WarLord
So I just realized that the animal decal on Karina's wall that I've been telling her is a hippo is actually a rhino. #parentfail
That's three years of therapy right there for Karina. - Steve C Team Marina
And then when her teacher calls to tell you of her inexplicable inability to recognize a hippo..... - WarLord
This is like the adoptive dad who assumed his ethnic Korean kid was Chinese all over again! - Andrew C (✔)
That's ok, There was this big glass cookie jar than nobody in the family could identify what animal it was supposed to be, for almost four decades. There was disagreement over whether it was an elephant (based on its feet and tail) or a pig (based on it's face) or some sort of freakishly weird combo animal (which was the most acceptable answer). It wasn't until it was finally passed down to me that I got a chance to see it again, and figured out it was a hippo. - April Russo
Can we see a pic of this rhino so we know how much to mock you? - SAM
^ That. - Kristin
It's a rhino who lost his horn in an unfortunate poaching incident but lived to tell the tale. - Melly - #TeamMarina
April, that sounds a bit like the wildebeest (gnu) that legend says was made from leftover parts: the head of a warthog, the stripes of a zebra, the horns and neck of a buffalo, the body of a cow, and the mane and tail of a lion. - Anne Bouey
Actually, it just looks like a pig with elephant feet. - April Russo
It's clearly got a horn, but I'm usually looking at it in semi-darkness before we've turned on the lights in her room. I didn't notice the horn until recently, and she knows hippos from "But Not the Hippopotamus" so I just kind of starting pointing it out to her as a hippo without really looking at it. - Jandy
Sarah G.
That awkward moment when you realize your hotel microwave is actually a safe. #OatmealNotGoingAnywhere
Sigh. - sglassme
Perhaps better than microwaving a couple hundred bucks you won at the tables.... #hotmoney - WarLord
If they hadn't put it on top of the fridge, that mistake would be less common - ellbeecee from Android
Shut your sigh-hole, glassmeyer!! It's right on top of the fridge! why would you put a microwave shaped safe on top of a fridge???? - Sarah G.
To store valuables in. - sglassme
The better question is: why you are eating oatmeal for dinner? The only acceptable oatmeal is steel cut, and you probably aren't making that in a microwave. Plus, you could have probably run a pot of water through the coffee pot to heat to make oatmeal. - sglassme
Sigh. - sglassme
Pope to raffle gifts given to him to raise money for the poor via @YahooNews
"... hat owned by the pope? Now is your chance. Pope Francis is raffling off the Homero Ortega brand hat, a new four-wheel-drive Fiat Panda, bicycles, an espresso coffee machine, watches and other objects he has received as gifts in order to raise money for the poor. A poster recently went up around the Vatican announcing the raffle of 13 objects as well as more than 30 unspecified "consolation prizes". ..." - WarLord
From New York Times: The United States of Thanksgiving We’ve scoured the nation for recipes that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico). These are our picks for the feast. Dig in, then tell us yours.
The only problem of course the "Grape Salad" that is Minnesota's entry is unknown and so far unloved by any Minnesotan who has encountered it. - WarLord
Check out your state. Is it a hit or a miss - WarLord
The manicotti thing isn't something I've encountered in New Jersey. Then again, I don't have Italian heritage. - John (bird whisperer)
The Italians here in LA almost always have lasagna on their Thanksgiving tables. The one for CA reads like my friend's potluck Thanksgiving she's been throwing for over 20 years. I always eat before I go over to her place. - Anika
I'm tired of legalized marijuana come up in every conversation about the state. If you used before, you're using now. If you didn't, then you're not using now. I've never seen nor heard of this stoner abomination called Pecan Pie Bites With Gravy. Blech. - Eric - Regulate
Weird. Didn't even come up in WA's pick (which was actually not bad, though I would have gone with Chanterelles instead of Shitake.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Minnesota's angst has a hashtag #grapegate LOL - WarLord
Maryland is correct, but only for Baltimore. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
“I am lonely, will anyone speak to me”: Inside the saddest thread on the internet, ten years later via @Salon
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"... Whether or not the Internet is the dark source of all our loneliness is a fiercely debated topic. It’s like the chicken-or-egg conundrum, or the tree-falling-in-the-forest question. Does the Internet cause loneliness, or do lonely people choose the Internet? If one solitary nerd has a thousand online friends, is he still alone in real life? ..." - WarLord
John Hodgman is “baffled” Uber exec wasn’t fired, says he won’t use Uber via @Salon
"... In particular, his public axe-grinding against Sarah Lacy was beyond unprofessional, and simply gross. And, if reported fairly, this moment from the Buzzfeed account itself implies a specific—if veiled—threat that’s an eyelash away from blackmail. “Uber’s dirt-diggers, Michael said, could expose Lacy. They could, in particular, prove a particular and very specific claim about her personal life.” And his defense—that he didn’t mean the words coming out of his mouth—is beyond cowardly. ..." - WarLord
My take: Uber and The Sharing Economy (pat pending) is just another rapacious rich guy who has a scam to avoid minimum wage and of course wage and hour laws. Silicon Valley as a group is dismissive of workers and views exploitation as new (old) business model. So much for technology freeing workers #gildedage - WarLord
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Oh, hello wave of depressed and defeatist thoughts. I was gonna go to bed, but I guess you had other ideas. Sigh. You have until the end of this cigarette to speak your piece then kindly see yourself out. Ciao.
(((t-ra))) - Spidra Webster
Be well - WarLord
take care - Steve C Team Marina
Courage, sister. - Corinne L
Hugs and comfort. Sometimes that little voice may need a time out. You had an eventful week with the holiday decisions. - Janet from FFHound!
Hope you're feeling better this morning. - Kirsten
*kicks bad thoughts in the shins. pats hand. waits patiently* - MoTO: #TeamMarina
awww, thanks everyone! I think a bunch of stuff is bubbling up with the holidays, family, the new baby, and next week is when we lost my step dad... Ima just hafta ride it out and keep all my coping tools handy till it's passed. And trust y'all are a big part of that. <3 - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
*huggle* - Alix May
*giant hugs* - Sir Shuping is just sir
Chocolate. Avocados. What will run short next?
Coffee. - Jennifer Dittrich
Bananas. Loads of things. Climate change is going to fuck up a lot of shit. Put on top of that the fact that modern agriculture is all about monocropping and you have a recipe for disaster. Meanwhile we're not suiting up because leaders in many industrialized countries aren't funding the scientific research that could help. - Spidra Webster
At least we have bitters again. - Meg VMeg
That will nothing compared to the war over water that comes next.... - WarLord
Shortbread. Shortening.Skirts. - bentley
“Happy Valley”: What really went wrong at Penn State via @Salon
"... Here’s where the Penn State story stops being about football or sexual abuse or one renegade coach no one wanted to look at too closely and starts being about the cultural gulf in America – which is exactly the point of “Happy Valley” as I understand it. Ziegler began with the position that Paterno, Penn State’s longtime coach and an iconic figure in college football history, was unfairly punished, scapegoated and hounded to his death for crimes he did not commit and never quite understood. While I don’t think anything about this case can be boiled down quite so neatly, that’s not an inherently unreasonable point of view. But how Ziegler got from there to the ludicrous contention that Sandusky isn’t guilty either I’m not quite sure. ..." - WarLord
Andrew C (✔)
RT @midnight: Uber added Spotify to its app so passengers can listen to their own music cuz that's been the big problem w/ Uber over the past couple days.
Music to be sexually assaulted by.... - WarLord
What are some major differences between the USA as "seen on TV" and the real USA? - Quora -
"politicians aren't nearly as charming or charismatic as depicted" и много разных других забавных наблюдений об отличиях Америки на экране от той, что видно своими глазами в окружающей действительности - earlyadopter from Bookmarklet
"average person on TV appears to have double to triple the income their stated jobs would provide" - earlyadopter
"Most TV shows depict people with ridiculously good social lives, constantly going on dates or going out to dinner. Only the richest and most extroverted can afford this kind of lifestyle. Also, workplace romance might interfere with their work, but never causes anyone to lose their job, which is extremely unrealistic." - earlyadopter
This for sure: "... •America is not nearly as violent as often portrayed. The rate of violent crimes has halved since peaking in the early 1990s, but popular police dramas perpetuate a climate of crime paranoia. Speaking of the criminal system... ..." - WarLord
Victor Ganata
Whenever someone in tech declares "X is dead", I think of Zaphod Beeblebrox. "But sir, it was on the sub-ether radio this morning, it said you were dead." "Yeah that's right, I just haven't stopped moving yet."
"...Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us?" Nietzsche - WarLord
That's about the only phrase from that book that amused me significantly. - Victor Ganata
He's just spending a year dead for tax purposes. - David Lounsbury
Andrew C (✔)
I prefer living in places where the usual method of directions references intersections, not highways or landmarks.
Oh, you'd hate it in Nicaragua. - bentley
bentley: madness. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Bentley, that actually helps explain so much when I was getting directions from some people earlier this year. They didn't know the address and the arriba and oriente designations meant nothing to me. But even in English, the word 'block' can be hard. I mean between actual named roads, but sometimes people count alleys which is bizarre. - Anika
I forget, does the article mention that many of these landmarks no longer exist?. Addresses sometimes refer (at least, they used to in the late 1970's) to the landmark's pre-1972 earthquake locations. When you're new in town, and an address starts with the former location of a restaurant called El Arbolito, what you hear is, "From where the little tree used to be..." - bentley
Yes it does. I laughed at that part, because when I give directions, I'll reference places that don't exist, mostly because I think they still should exist & refuse to accept the new buildings. If people didn't live in LA before 1995, they'll be assed out on some of my directions. - Anika
Yeah, I still refer to a certain parking structure in Ann Arbor as the Jacobson's parking structure, even though Jacobson's left in the 1980's. - bentley
Also, in Tokyo (or all of Japan?) many streets aren't named, but blocks are. And then buildings are numbered in each block by chronological order of construction rather than fixed location order. - Andrew C (✔)
I was going to bring up mauka/makai but there's no wikipedia entry (which is honestly baffling). Here: - Meg VMeg
That said, I was really trying to find a particular thing I like about Vancouver, SF, and NYC (... or maybe just Manhattan) vs other NA cities and also vs small towns. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh yes, the spatial layout in NYC (except for Queens, glaringly, and Staten Island, probably) is very comforting. - Meg VMeg
Though Broadway kinda fucks things up for a bit, in the middle there. - Meg VMeg
Vancouver has Kingsway slicing a diagonal through the grid and SF has Market... - Andrew C (✔)
In my experience any town Like my St Paul which is platted around a river is going to be difficult to grid for streets. And difficult to navigate and we're prone to "turn by where The Golden Rule used to be" which is/was defunct clothing store closed when I was a small child... - WarLord
Mildly related, about landmarks: - Amit Patel
From the link above: "Pizza Hut’s signature look was the work of architect Richard D. Burke, a friend and classmate of the Carney brothers. Burke wanted $32,000 to do the design. The Carneys gave a counter-offer of $100 per Pizza Hut to subsequently open. Burke accepted" - bentley
Amit: There's a very large church somewhere on I-94 east of Chicago that reminds me a lot of a giant Long John Silver restaurant. Something about the blue ribbed roof. - bentley
Just did some basic measuring and calculations to see if my pour-over coffee system is more or less economical than my K-Cup coffee system.
When I make a whole (10-cup) pot of coffee in my regular coffee pot, I generally use 8 tablespoons of ground coffee. When I make a 12-16 oz. cup of coffee using pour-over, I generally use 3-4 tablespoons of ground coffee. At first, I thought that seemed like a pretty insane waste of money (I'd use the same amount of ground coffee for 2 cups of coffee as I do for a whole pot). Then, I thought about how expensive K-Cups generally are. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I can't really make a 16 oz. cup of coffee with a K-Cup, but I can make a 12 oz. cup (though, that's usually too weak for me to enjoy it). Normally, I'll make either an 8 oz. cup or a 10 oz. cup. At that point, 1 K-Cup is approximately equivalent to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee in my pour-over. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Figuring an average cost of $.50/K-Cup (many are more expensive than that, some are a bit cheaper than that), and an average cost of $15.00/lb. of ground coffee, I figure there has to be at least 60 tablespoons of coffee in a pound in order for it to be equivalent in cost to the K-Cup. I just dumped less than a pound of Starbucks coffee into a 4-cup measuring cup (which would be ~64 tablespoons, if my math is correct - 4 Tbsp = 1/4 cup; 16 Tbsp = 1 cup; 64 Tbsp = 4 cups). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Based on that, it appears that the pour-over is more economical than the K-Cups, and not a whole lot less convenient. Yes, I could use the re-usable filter/cup in the Keurig machine, but, using 2 Tbsp for an 8-10 oz. cup of coffee in that thing always results in grounds spilling out all over the place. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
As a sidenote, the Keurig machine cost $100-150 when I bought it; the "deluxe" pour-over I bought from Starbucks (which also includes a nice wooden box with space for 2 pour-overs for regular cups or 1 pour-over for a tall mug) was $25 on clearance. That said, I still use the Keurig machine to actually heat the water before I pour it into the pour-over (it's much quicker than the microwave), so that's why the cost of the systems is an aside, rather than a part of the actual discussion. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
As a second sidenote, while it's possible for me to sample a bunch of different kinds of coffee with the pour-over system, it's much easier to store/buy samples in K-Cups than it is to try to store all of that ground coffee in various places. Even with 4 or 5 different kinds of ground coffee right now, my counter space is pretty limited. If I dump the ground coffee into a container (as... more... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Interesting thoughts - I use the reusable refillable K-Cup mostly. I have. A selection of coffee and tea K Cups for guests. I - WarLord
Great analysis. Just wondering about replacement costs. How long until a Keurig machine needs replacement? - Todd Hoff
WarLord - the refillable one is great if it works for you; as I said, it always spews grounds all over the place when I try to use it, due to the amount of coffee I use in it. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Todd - As long as you treat the Keurig machine well (using filtered water, cleaning with vinegar every 6 months or so, etc.), it should last for a few years, at least. The one my ex-wife is using has worked well for ~5 years, now (the issue she's having with it now is that the gasket that goes between the top needle & the K-Cup itself disappeared, so it leaks when you try to use it). The one I'm currently using (one of the Cuisinart models) is only a year old, so I can't comment on its longevity, yet. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
As one more sidenote that I thought of today: With the pour-over, I have the opportunity, given the right circumstances, to re-use some of the coffee. For instance, this afternoon, I made an 8 oz. cup of coffee for myself with 2Tbsp. of coffee, and drank it pretty quickly. Then, by adding 2 more Tbsp. to the existing coffee grounds, I was able to make 16 oz. of coffee in my travel mug before I headed out the door. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Artificial muscle capable of 'remembering' movements developed via @physorg_com
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The article is primarily about robotics but the medical usage of scan artificial muscle seem obvisous - WarLord
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