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Thinking it might be time to buy a large deep freezer to keep meat and other such items in if the global food police attempt to take this away. Less likely to happen in the US, but you never know. With a good proper deep freezer, steaks and such can last years, with some reduction in quality.

Dairy is a harder problem to solve as I don’t really want to keep cows, but the chances of me giving up cheese are 0.0%.

Need to do more research.

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jhamill
23 hours ago
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First is was the government is going to take away your guns and now it is the government is going to take away your meat? Um, yeah, okay, sure.
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HarlandCorbin
21 hours ago
It'll be more sinister though. Carbon taxes are going to hit in places that will spin most peoples' heads.
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2020 Democrats Ignore Trump

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Washington Post: “Trump, who recently pined about being lonely in the White House, is lately finding himself in a position he’s rarely been in over the past few years: Ignored.”

“His political cachet has been driven by an unerring ability to goad other people into fights that benefit him. The metric he cares about is owning the television ratings and national attention, more than polling or anything else.”

“So what happens when, instead, he is met with something of a shrug?”

“The new silent treatment limits Trump’s ability to dictate national coverage and frame the day’s debate. And it’s providing an early template for how Democratic presidential candidates may attempt to deal with him in 2020, essentially forcing him out of a conversation they want to have with voters.”

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jhamill
4 days ago
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About time.
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What did Donald Trump do today?He tried to take revenge on Nancy Pelosi.Minutes ...

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What did Donald Trump do today?

He tried to take revenge on Nancy Pelosi.

Minutes before members of Congress departed on a planned trip to NATO headquarters in Belgium and then Afghanistan, Trump canceled their military transport. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump said the "excursion" was inappropriate during a government shutdown.

The tone of the letter made it clear that Trump was trying to retaliate against Pelosi for her suggestion that because of the security logistics involved, the televised State of the Union address should not happen in the House chamber during the shutdown. 

But regardless of its intent, the letter is revealing about what Trump does or doesn't know.

Trump sneeringly suggested that Pelosi could take a commercial flight instead. In fact, as Speaker and second in the line of succession to the presidency, she cannot, because of security rules put in place after the September 11th attacks. By revealing the secret details of the trip before it was underway, Trump essentially made it impossible for any member of Congress to go.

Trump also scoffed at the very idea of visiting troops and military commanders in a war zone, during a shutdown, calling it a "public relations event." Trump visited troops and military commanders in Iraq during this same shutdown

Trump has been furious over the political beating he is taking during the shutdown, which is beginning to erode his support among the "base" voters he is trying to rally in the first place. But his anger, and his sabotage of Congress's travel, may also be due to his own inability to leave the White House because of the political optics. Trump has been forced to spend almost every night since late November away from his winter resort home at Mar-a-Lago, where he normally spends two or three nights a week.

Trump's wife Melania took a military transport to Mar-a-Lago today.

So what?

  • The president isn't supposed to actively prevent other branches of government from doing their jobs.
  • A president who was reportedly too afraid to travel to a war zone for the first two years of his term should probably have a better understanding of the security implications.
  • Even by Trump's standards, this is petty.
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jhamill
4 days ago
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what a shitty little douche bag
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JimB
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Rene Ritchie’s Review of the New Smart Battery Cases

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I got mine this morning. First impressions:

It’s thick and heavy, but for a practical reason. It packs a big battery. I’m writing this at 10p and my iPhone is still at 100 percent. The case is on the cusp of depletion, but I had only gotten it up to 75 percent before unplugging it. It’s a much more clever design than the previous one. Texture- and button-wise, it feels exactly like Apple’s regular silicone cases.

One note: mine arrived with 0 percent charge. From what I’ve seen, so is everyone else’s. Apple products usually arrive with some usable amount of battery charge, but I think something is different about standalone batteries, as opposed to batteries built into devices. Apple.com’s ordering page even states that standalone lithium-based batteries can only ship by ground, not air. At 0 percent, it wouldn’t charge when placed on a Qi charger. I had to charge it via Lightning for a bit first, then it worked on the Qi charger as expected.

If you want a battery case, I feel certain Apple’s is the one to get. But if you only need a portable charger occasionally, I think an external battery pack is still the way to go — if only because it’ll charge any device.

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jhamill
4 days ago
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Stand Alone Batteries ship via ground only due to US shipping regulations. All lithium ion batteries not contained INSIDE a product can only be shipped by ground.
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joelowrance
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At only $129.00? Bargain at half the price

RT @davidfrum: If Trump now reopens Govt, he visibly surrenders to Pelosi. If Trump keeps Govt closed, he bleeds support faster. Workers m…

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If Trump now reopens Govt, he visibly surrenders to Pelosi.

If Trump keeps Govt closed, he bleeds support faster. Workers miss next paycheck, air travel delays, govt services fail, and economy stalls.

Trump built the trap and walked into it. Pelosi just locked it behind him.


Posted by davidfrum on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 4:27pm
Retweeted by paulkrugman on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 6:29pm


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jhamill
4 days ago
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It all seems to be based on Drumpf's flawed idea of "How to Make a Deal".

His apparent idea: If you take all the incentives away they will agree to your demands.
Actual Effects: If you take all the incentives away they will not even come to the table.

Who knew that if you said you would never make a deal, the other side wouldn't even *try* to negotiate with you?
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Expect

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No, it’s more like for men in ads or outside of them:

  • Be masculine and domineering, but also sensitive.
  • Be aggressive on command (or when I wish you to be), but not otherwise.
  • Be violent as needed, but not to me.
  • Show your feelings, except I also think it makes you weak (for many women).
  • Be financially sound but don’t spend any time doing this.
  • Don’t act “gay” in any way (mostly this is an expectation from other men, but many, many women have this too).
  • Be tall.
  • Note that I am not saying this is true of all women or men and their expectations of men, but as she was talking about general societal and social expectations, I chose to as well.

    I know women don’t have it easy, but it’s hilarious how many women don’t realize what’s going on in the lives of men while believing they have perfect knowledge. This is why the MRA movement was born, in large part. (No, I am not an MRA as I don’t have any disdain or hatred of women, which is part of that movement’s DNA.)

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    jhamill
    6 days ago
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    two things:
    1. Ads. It's all about ads - the ad is literally be less shitty.
    2. Men have it easy as fuck and have nothing to complain about. At. All. Nothing.
    3. Be. Less. Shitty.
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    duerig
    5 days ago
    I absolutely agree. As far as societal expectations, men have it much easier. And more specifically, while both men and women have contradictory expectations, it plays out very differently when they are inevitably not met. For men, the two sides of the expectation can often be viewed as a menu of options. You can 'win' by being masculine and domineering. Or you can 'win' by being sensitive. Whereas women are held to 'fail' if either one of the contradictory demands aren't met. You can 'lose' by not going to extraordinary lengths to perfect your appearance. Or you can 'lose' by being obsessed by appearance and hence shallow. Part of what is wrong in our society is that there are lots of ways to be 'properly' masculine, many of them extremely toxic to the men involved and those around them. While there is no way to be 'properly' feminine. I suspect nonsense like MRA came about because it is more comfortable to see your problems as part of a larger pattern. Then it becomes 'I am part of a oppressed group' rather than 'I was a shitty dad and husband and the judge granted custody to my ex'.
    aranth
    5 days ago
    It's really not nothing, just not much in comparison.
    duerig
    5 days ago
    aranth, I think the context matters a lot here. If the context had been some man being frustrated or unhappy about some aspect of their life and then somebody else saying 'Your feelings are invalid because somebody has it worse', then the second person would be the jerk. But the context here is a woman complaining about the societal double-binds and a man replying that he has societal double-binds as well. In this context, the man is the jerk.
    aranth
    5 days ago
    Sure, whataboutism is obnoxious and the OP is arguing against a straw (wo)man. I still don't think it's fair to reply to it with "(men) have nothing to complain about. At. All. Nothing."
    StunGod
    5 days ago
    Maybe not literally nothing. But comparatively nothing. There are societal pressures and every person has insecurities which may feel unbearable to that person. That's nothing to dismiss or belittle. But when comparing the magnitude of burden on objective terms, we're talking about an ant who's expected to, but unable to lift a marshmallow and everybody being OK with that vs. another ant being expected to, but unable to lift a bag of marshmallows and having everybody tell it that it's a failure.
    aranth
    5 days ago
    Agreed, and the people who think it's comparable won't be argued down on it. They already think there's some vast movement suppressing discussion of men's issues (somehow.) I think we should confront that they're changing the topic (per duerig's approach,) rather than going along with it and trying to point out how they're wrong about the unrelated issue of problems that happen to men. (OK, maybe I'm being a little hypocritical here too considering my first comment in this thread :) )
    jhamill
    4 days ago
    I stand by my first statement that Men Have Nothing To Complain About. At. All. Nothing.
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