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Melonious Thunk

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  1. Which is why they should not have been allowed to exist in this form. Except that they made a few people a lot of money.
  2. IT, financial services (laughable given the current circumstances but true), pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy generation. Anything that requires a highly educated workforce. And they're already here. Just don't bother making clothes or anything else that can be done just as well and cheaper elsewhere. Right. So we will ultimately be a nation of 75 million poverty stricken, 150 million near poverty, 5 million techies and 10 million wealthy. The middle class as we knew it will be no more. You could have said exactly the same thing about the UK in the 80s. It didn't happe
  3. oh. I know nothing about this. but traditional super-high interest "predatory lending" isn't what the current financial crisis is about. normally, banks LOSE money when they foreclose. I can assure you that Countrywide didn't want to foreclose on anyone and didn't intend to. Knowing nothing never stopped you from making pronouncements about subjects about which you know nothing. And yes, it is not a good thing that there are no manufacturing jobs in the US. Perhaps you'd like to explain why it is a good thing? And it seems that Pete Peterson, Alan Greenspan, and a host of people w
  4. IT, financial services (laughable given the current circumstances but true), pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, energy generation. Anything that requires a highly educated workforce. And they're already here. Just don't bother making clothes or anything else that can be done just as well and cheaper elsewhere. Right. So we will ultimately be a nation of 75 million poverty stricken, 150 million near poverty, 5 million techies and 10 million wealthy. The middle class as we knew it will be no more.
  5. The iPhone still doesn't do turn-by-turn. The 2.1 update supposedly contains new functionality for determining direction, which would make this possible. I'm hoping for an app that will do turn-by-turn guidance. Watching the little "ping" icon in Google Maps is fun though. iPhone is good for routing but, as you write, not for turn by turn. It does locate you precisely and routes you from that location to where you want to go. Also shows either map or sateelite photo of area.
  6. I have the small Magellan. It is superb. I find the screen size is irrelevant because the voice commands provide the direction. I agree with SRD that having maps is very helpful in strange areas, because you get a macro view which is not done well with the GPS.
  7. Now, now. Tomorrow is another day. But then so is Wednesday. AH YES...TOMORROW...WHAT WAS IT THAT OLD ENGLISH GUY WROTE ABOUT TOMORROW? To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
  8. The US economy is like a giant house of cards with huge credit excesses in virtually every level and category--investment banking, corporate finance, private/consumer finance, municipalities and more. All are over leveraged with debt against inadequate equity and income. Deregulation has allowed opacity to hide the extent of danger and exposure. The debt of homeowners is so great, the alternative is either to foreclose or write down the debt. Either has serious consequences, but foreclosure is an invitation to social disruption as well as financial chaos. The policy of "free market capital
  9. Sorry MG. The "smokestack industries" that fed American workers are no more. The plethora of shit made here is miniscule with regard to the ability of these businesses to employ millions of workers at the levels in middle class income that our grandparents enjoyed. Over the last 25-40 years, I saw the demise of Zenith, Magnavox, GE, Maytag, Westinghouse, US Steel, RCA, Kodak, Xerox, IBM and many more home-based industries that employed American workers and reinvested their earnings in ways that benefited Americans. The global corporation gives less of shit for the needs of American workers
  10. Greenspan wasn't alive during the Depression? The depression began in 1929, 79 years ago. He was born in 1926.
  11. Alan Greenspan today called this the "worst financial crisis he has ever seen and it is not over yet." Unemployment is soaring, inflation is galloping, savings and reserves of families are melting away. Tell me that this is a hiccup when the leaders say the "fundamentals are strong and this will pass." What prospect of a cure is visible in this view? When regulation is anathema to the people who have the power to do something, it is simply fantasy to think the invisible hand of the market and the resilience of capitalism will fix things.
  12. Sorry MG. The "smokestack industries" that fed American workers are no more. The plethora of shit made here is miniscule with regard to the ability of these businesses to employ millions of workers at the levels in middle class income that our grandparents enjoyed. Over the last 25-40 years, I saw the demise of Zenith, Magnavox, GE, Maytag, Westinghouse, US Steel, RCA, Kodak, Xerox, IBM and many more home-based industries that employed American workers and reinvested their earnings in ways that benefited Americans. The global corporation gives less of shit for the needs of American workers
  13. When a garden's soil becomes exhausted of nutrients, it takes years or repair before it will yield a big and healthy crop, if ever.
  14. The latest crisis has its roots in the deregulation of the financial institutions, beginning with savings and loans. It it is fed by the flagrant use of credit to fund lifestyles that people could not afford to live based on their earnings. It was spurred by the astonishing greed of the banks who charge interest rates on credit cards that bleed most households dry. The boom in home values was the last bubble that gave license to the banks to encourage home equity loans and mortgages far too large for the equity in the home and the incomes of the borrowers. Face it. The economy that
  15. I remember taking this picture in 2000. I came across it unexpectedly a couple of years ago, cried when I saw it.
  16. Your prescription is exactly what I am going to do. I've been doing this for over a year and am very happy. I eat what I want, in measured quantity and frequency. I exercise increasingly. My goal is to lose another 30 pounds in the next 9-12 months. Not easy but not drastic. I weigh 240 pounds now and am 6' 1" so we are talking about 15% of my current body weight. Smaller portion sizes, less calorie dense foods = fewer calories in. More exercise = more calories out plus more muscle so larger resting metabolic rate. I think we are on the same page. I know that my daily burn ra
  17. I have been posting periodically about my progress in losing weight and changing my way of eating. In 18 months, I made a lot of progress. However..... I gained nearly six pounds since coming back from summer vacation. This is the first major "hiccup" in the nearly 18 months I've been in the program. It is a wake-up call. How did it happen? Obviously, I've been eating more than I have been burning. Why? I've given myself "license" to do that? Why? For one thing, I got cocky. I came back from a vacation where I ate "indulgently" and did not gain weight. So somehow, I took that as a
  18. I've run out of rack space in my wine cellar. There are unopened cases piling up.
  19. Added new sets to my routine: bench presses, aductor (110 lbs) and abductor (120 lbs) exercises and lateral pull downs (110 lbs). Weights now up over 100 lbs for most sets and reps increased from 15 to 20 with 3 reps per set. Am looking at the leg press and the ab machines, but still taking my time. Last time I got leg presses up to 390 pounds with ten reps insets of three. Upper body strength has increased considerably in the last two months, as have my quads and hamstrings. When I started I could barely manage 70 pounds for the hamstring curl and quad lift. Now I am at 110-120 poun
  20. Commodities say they can't get Butterworks, Chrome Dairy is out of business. They will have a new brand "Heaven's Gate" Farms or something like that on Friday. I'll try WF at US to see if they have Butterworks. You might want to call WF beforehand. I've only found Butterworks cream once at WF US, and I'm there 3-4 times a week. They used to get some in on Thursdays, but I haven't seen it in months. I finally had a Butterworks sighting -- The Garden in Greenpoint. Could I persuade you to pick up some for me if you get them? ((2 - 1/2 quarts)
  21. How do I "flatten" parsley? Pound it? In French the recipe called for 2 cuillère (teaspoons) (I used twice the amount because I had twice the amount of chicken) à soupe de persil plat concassé. I think this means flat leaved parsley crushed, as Wilf wrote. I chopped and crushed it with the flat bottom of a pan, though it could have been done with a mortar and pestle or in a bowl with the back of a spoon. The idea is to release its juices. just for the record - concassé usually means a rough chop. and looking at the recipe that's how i'd think the parsley would be prepped -
  22. Little Richard. Wop bop a loo bop a wop bam boom.
  23. Eastern Promises teaches young girls not to fall into the hands of Russian gangsters in London, get drugged, raped and die. It also teaches boys how to fight off two Chechin thugs whilst stark naked in a steam bath, gaining victory by inserting a linoleum knife into the brain of one through his eye. It also makes it clear never to trust your life to a Russian barber who may get his son to slit your throat with a straight razor when you think you are getting a shave. Finally, the movie shows how to remove the identity of a corpse by cutting off its finger tips with a secatur and removi
  24. How do I "flatten" parsley? Pound it? In French the recipe called for 2 cuillère (teaspoons) (I used twice the amount because I had twice the amount of chicken) à soupe de persil plat concassé. I think this means flat leaved parsley crushed, as Wilf wrote. I chopped and crushed it with the flat bottom of a pan, though it could have been done with a mortar and pestle or in a bowl with the back of a spoon. The idea is to release its juices.
  25. How do I "flatten" parsley? Pound it? Haven't you ever pressed flowers? I put the parsley on a cutting board and pressed down heavily with a flat bottomed metal pan. I did this after rearranging the leaves several times. Then I chopped it coarsely and kept it in a mise en place bowl until I needed it.
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