Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Google's top searches for 2017, Polyamorous or in an Open relationship

Growing, Growing, Growing, more than one or two, it takes three to tango,
for the better of the one! Polyamory, Open marriage is growing!
Society is growing up!

~~~~~Making up and breaking up
People also turned to Google for help with their love lives.
According to the list of top relationship questions, they wanted to know how
to make long distance relationships work, how to change their Facebook status,
what it meant to be polyamorous or in an open relationship, and how to know
when it's all over.
http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/13/technology/google-top-searches-2017/index.html

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Other stores break their leases or negotiate much cheaper rent.



Way back in the 80's I remember shopping in a mall looking for a soft white woven
cotton boxy linen jacket. And at the time the store manager came in the store
saying they where closing, everyone out of the store. It turns out a store closed and 
the mall owners where in meeting wanting the other stores to make up the loss by
paying higher rent. Nope, that mall ended that day I was there!

The one brought down the many. A mall in the 80's closed because,
one thing leads to another.

~~~~~America's malls are rotting away
The worst is yet to come for American shopping malls.
As Macy's, JCPenney, Sears and other major department stores close their doors, the malls that housed those stores are facing a serious crisis.

That's because when so-called anchor tenants leave a mall, it opens the door for other stores to break their leases or negotiate much cheaper rent.

As one big store closes, it can take several smaller stores along with it like a house of cards. Experts predict that a quarter of American malls will close in five years -- around 300 out of 1,100 that currently exist.

"When anchor stores close, it causes big problems for mall owners and other retailers in the mall," says Howard Davidowitz, chairman of New York-based retail consulting and investment banking firm Davidowitz & Associates. "And I'd say this problem is only in its second inning."

Retailers often sign co-tenancy agreements in their leases with malls, allowing them to reduce their rent or get out of a lease if a big store closes.

That's because the smaller retailers next to anchor stores no longer benefit from the foot traffic that the major retailers received, according to Garrick Brown, vice president of retail research for Cushman & Wakefield.

Brown said he expects the weakest malls to enter "death spirals."

Many former anchor tenants are closing hundreds of stores as Amazon (AMZN) eats 
their lunch.

Sears (SHLD), which had operated nearly 3,800 stores as recently as a decade ago is now down to 1,104 stores. Macy's (M) closed 68 stores this year, and JCPenney (JCP) was set to shutter 128.

It's not just department stores that have mall owners worried.

When Starbucks (SBUX) announced that it was closing its Teavana tea line and wanted to shutter all of its stores, mall operator Simon Property Group (SPG) countered with a lawsuit. Simon cited in part the effect the store closures might have on other mall tenants.

Earlier this month, a judge upheld Simons' suit, ordering Teavana to keep 77 of its 
stores open. Some successful malls may be able to survive if they can convert 
department stores' spaces into better attractions for consumers.

Many big tenants were getting discounted rates on their leases, and malls may be able to charge higher rates to new tenants, according to Brown and Davidowitz.

"There will be a new push to get food halls and entertainment in malls, and make it more of an experience that will draw people in," Brown says.

However, even if new tenants can pay more for the space, smaller "specialty" stores can still break their leases if an anchor store leaves.

It's also unlikely that underperforming malls will be able to attract crowds anyway.
Experts classify malls into "A" "B" "C" and "D" grades characterized in part by sales per square footage of the malls. "B" malls and below are going to have a particularly hard time with the financial burden of the changing mall landscape, according to Brown.

The retail loan default rate is currently hovering around 5%, but Brown expects that number to triple.

And with defaults come bankruptcies -- lots an lots of bankruptcies. More than 300 retailers have already filed for bankruptcy this year.

"If that's not an apocalypse then I don't know what is," says Davidowitz.
http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/12/news/companies/mall-closing/index.html?category=companies

Monday, December 11, 2017

Oklahoma, dangerous, unpaid manual labor jobs

States as shown in history likes to withhold peoples rights. And is why over
and over the Government has to step in telling the states to grow up.
But these days the push for small Government is like less security cameras.
More states are trying to get away with it.
https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/05/lack-of-order-the-erosion-of-a-once-great-force-for-integration/361563

In that with the states trying to get away with it there is that need to run from
a state that is withholding your rights. Just pack up in the car with 10 gal gas cans
bouncing the checkbook on the way out in a 24 hour drive to another state that
has more funding and rights for you! Low pay getting bad run to a better state
that has better pay. Leave the crap in the dust! Leave them to their Yep, Yep, Yep!



Noted in Oklahoma with drug recovery programs taking the peoples
food stamps, money the people work for in return to keep them out of jail.
Really? Jim Crow like laws!!!!!!!

~~~~~Muskogee recovery program places participants in jobs gutting chickens
MULDROW — OK Foods, owned by the Mexican transnational corporation Bachoco, is using workers bussed in from a Muskogee drug recovery program at its Muldrow poultry plant.

A worker told The Oklahoman he was required to turn his whole paycheck over to the recovery program to stay out of jail.

Arkansas-based OK Foods' parent company Bachoco is one of the largest integrated poultry producers in the world. The company's chicken products are sold at fast-food restaurants and grocery stores across North America.

Ray's House is a faith-based program based out of a cluster of trailers and a few metal buildings just off a state highway in Muskogee. It is not licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

John Jamel Thompson, 25, who graduated from Ray's House in October, said Ray's House sent him to work full time at OK Foods' poultry processing plant, an hour's drive away in Muldrow.

Thompson said Ray's House forced him and several other program participants to quit their fast food and other various unskilled jobs in order to be bussed to the poultry plant — where they could earn higher wages.

Thompson said he made $600 a week working at the poultry plant, first on a production line and then as a forklift operator. Thompson said he was required to hand over all of his paycheck to Ray's House in order to stay in the program and out of jail.

In a statement, OK Foods said it does not have any contract with Ray's House to provide workers at the Muldrow plant.

“We have not had any contract for services agreement with Ray's House, or any other similar rehabilitation group," OK Foods said. "Individual employees earn an equitable wage based on their job skills and are free to direct their earnings to any individual or entity they wish."

Thompson said the men's dormitory at Ray's House was infested with bedbugs and Ray's House sent him to work with two bologna sandwiches every day and nothing else.

Ray's House founder Ray Welch, a recovering drug addict with multiple felony convictions, created the Ray's House program in 2009.

"This is a faith-based operation," Welch said. "If you don't get the good Lord in your life, you will be back doing the same old thing."

The program requires participants to work and attend services at Choices Church, which is also on the Ray's House campus.

Many Ray's House participants are sent to the program through the state court system after probation violations or as a condition for receiving suspended sentences.

"He knows you are court ordered there and he throws it in your face all the time," Thompson said. "That man is hiding behind God and using people to get their paycheck."

Thompson said he sometimes put in 12-hour days at the OK Foods plant, but never saw any of his wages.

After graduating from Ray's House, Thompson said he tried to keep working at the OK Foods plant, but the job was just too far of a drive and he had to quit.

Welch says the bulk of Ray's House clients, about 30 people, now work at OK Foods. Requiring participation strengthens their work ethic and helps bring stability to their lives, he said.

"OK Foods has been a blessing to them," Welch said.

One recent graduate from the Ray's House program has even decided to stay at the program so he can continue to keep getting a ride to work each day to the OK Foods plant, he said.

"We look for that to be the same way with a few other clients and we will continue to get them back and forth to work. That way they can continue to save money," Welch said.

Ray's House participant Leslie Watson, 58, works cleaning and gutting chickens for OK Foods at the Muldrow plant and said she loves the job. Wearing her OK Foods shirt and smoking a cigarette in front of the women's dorm at Ray's House, Watson said OK Foods treats her well. She works about 35 to 38 hours a week, she said.

"I made a choice to be here to try and help myself," Watson said, "I prefer to work."

Similar work camp programs that send court-ordered clients to work gutting chickens for the company Simmons Foods in Arkansas are now facing multiple class-action lawsuits over the practice.

The lawsuits accuse those recovery programs and Simmons Foods of using the court system to funnel workers into dangerous, unpaid manual labor jobs. The programs named in the lawsuits are Christian Alcoholics and Addicts in Recovery in Jay and the DARP Foundation in Tahlequah.
http://newsok.com/some-muskogee-recovery-program-workers-have-jobs-gutting-chickens/article/5575460

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Paulo Coelho on...



To me I always think as in terms as nature. As in looking ahead point A to Z.
Or A and Z is the same as all is connected and the same to go somewhere and
that is better than going nowhere. The one effects the other all are the same.

Knowing everyone is a victim of stupid people and when it happens you
slap your chest running a circle saying yep, yep, yep!
Because being it's from stupid people it would invalidate the victim part as you
just go on without it depending upon what happened. But keep in mind I am talking
about the stupid part. Stupid makes others pay for it along with them. And that is
not fair to others who don't want to cut off their legs to save a toe!
Would you be willing?

~~~~~Like I say about my website.
You make the difference! This reflects this sites push for treating everyone fairly.
Do not judge people not knowing the road they are on in life, what in their past put them there.

Ask why! Life is short!
What you do to others effects everyone good or bad!
Also speak up for yourself & others, do not just sit there in your car!

My work, it for the empowerment of people!
To point that It's Just A Ride!
http://www.angelfire.com/bug/dugbuglas2/WHATIS.html

~~~~~Paulo Coelho on Jesus, Twitter and the difference between defeat and failure
One of the world's most popular writers, Coelho has survived being sent to an asylum by his parents and tortured by Brazil's ruling militia.

n pride of place in the living room of Paulo Coelho's apartment in Geneva is a fan's portrait of the author. A pointillist work, the huge image consists of the colour-coded coffee capsules George Clooney endorses. The background is composed of ristretto capsules (black), while Coelho's eyes seem to have been picked out in decaffeinato intenso (claret). Perhaps sadly, the artist has not used the new linizio lungo (apricot) capsule to perk up the colour scheme.

This is not the strangest gift he has received, Coelho says. "I'm in my apartment in Rio in 2000 and the doorbell rings and there's a beautiful woman, very tall, very sexy, green eyes. She was carrying a small tree. I said: 'What is this?' She said: 'Don't speak Portuguese.' She said: 'I came from Slovenia because I want to plant this tree here and I want to have a son with you.'" Long story short – Coelho put her on a flight home and saw her only once more, with a boyfriend in Slovenia. And the tree? That's not important now, he laughs.

For the next hour and a half he laughs a lot. A genial funster has today replaced the solemn preacher-novelist damned by one critic for writing "something David Hasselhoff might spout after a particularly taxing Baywatch rescue".

This incarnation may not be what has made the 65-year-old Brazilian an international bestselling author with 9.8 million Facebook fans, 6.3 million Twitter followers, and a fanbase embracing readers in the Islamic republic of Iran and the socialist republic of Cuba. Personally speaking, Coelho in the flesh is more appealing than Coelho the writer.

"Do you want to see my bow?" he asks at one point. Coelho is a keen archer. He has seen The Hunger Games and can confirm that Jennifer Lawrence's archery technique is authentic. "The only thing that relaxes me is archery. That's why I have to have apartments with gardens."

His other favourite activity is walking around Geneva. "I walk every day and I look at the mountains and the fields and the small city and I say: 'Oh my God, what a blessing.' Then you realise it's important to put it in a context beyond this woman, this man, this city, this country, this universe. It goes beyond everything. It goes to the core of our reason for being here." What if there is no reason for being here and – there's no easy way to put this – nice walks around Geneva are as good as it gets? "It's still a blessing." Good comeback.

Back to the coffee portrait. For Coelho, it demonstrates one of the cardinal virtues he extols in his new book, Manuscript Found in Accra – elegance. Why is elegance important? "I don't know what I wrote in the book, but elegance goes to the basics." He points to his portrait. "This is very elegant because if you take an isolated Nespresso capsule, it would mean nothing but with three or four you can create anything. So for me elegance is this." Nespresso PR people who are liking the way this piece is going so far may want to excise the next sentence from their press pack: "I don't drink Nespresso by the way."

Coelho's colour scheme is as minimalist as his portrait. Today he looks like a Brazilian Sweet Gene Vincent: white face, black coat, white beard, black trousers, white shirt over black T-shirt, white wisps of hair, trailing behind him as he struts through the apartment in Cuban heels sipping black coffee. He has a butterfly tattoo on his left wrist.

The other virtues set out in his new book are boldness, love and friendship. A pedant might note that elsewhere in his writings, Coelho has argued that friendship is a form of love so should not be considered a distinct virtue. Also courage rather than boldness is the virtue you need if you are to realise the the message, expressed in his 1988 novel, The Alchemist, that wherever your heart is you will find treasure. But nobody, least of all Coelho, would suggest the oeuvre of the writer, who has sold 145m books worldwide and been translated into 74 languages, is devoid of contradictions. "If I have to summarise this book in one sentence, which would be very difficult," he says, "it is this: accept your contradictions. Learn how to live with them. Because they aren't curses – they are blessings."

The Jesus of the gospels was, Coelho argues, similarly contradictory. "Jesus lived a life that was full of joy and contradictions and fights, you know?" says Coelho, his brown eyes sparkling. "If they were to paint a picture of Jesus without contradictions, the gospels would be fake, but the contradictions are a sign of authenticity. So Jesus says: 'Turn the other face,' and then he can get a whip and go woosh! The same man who says: 'Respect your father and mother' says: 'Who is my mother?' So this is what I love – he is a man for all seasons."

Like Jesus, he's not expressing a coherent doctrine that can be applied to life like a blueprint? "You can't have a blueprint for life. This is the problem if you're religious today. I am Catholic myself, I go to the mass. But I see you can have faith and be a coward. Sometimes people renounce living in the name of a faith which is a killer faith. I like this expression – killer faith."

Coelho proposes a faith based on joy. "The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are, and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality, it connects you to reality."

In this view, he thinks he has Jesus on his side. "They [those who model their sacrifice on Christ's] remember three days in the life of Jesus when he was crucified. They forget that Jesus was politically incorrect from beginning to end. He was a bon vivant – travelling, drinking, socialising all his life. His first miracle was not to heal a poor blind person. It was changing water into wine and not wine into water."

Paulo Coelho insists he has led a joyful, fulfilling life. It could easily have been otherwise. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, he longed from a young age to become a writer, an ambition his parents frowned upon so much that they sent him, aged 17, to an asylum. "My parents thought I was psychotic. Like now, I read a lot and I didn't socialise. They wanted to help me."

He was eventually released in 1967 and enrolled in law school – one of several attempts to become, as he puts it disdainfully, "normal". Later he dropped out, became a hippy and made a fortune writing lyrics for Raul Seixas, the Brazilian rock star. Brazil's ruling militia took exception to his lyrics (some of which were influenced by the satanist Aleister Crowley). As a result, he was repeatedly arrested for subversion and eventually tortured with electric shocks to his genitals. These experiences, incidentally, account for his scorn for the idea that Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who was photographed with Coelho's books on his shelves, might have learned anything from the Brazilian's thought: "I think he had never read my books. It was PR. I wonder if he knew the story of the author he would have been proud of having this book on his shelves. I was part of these dreadful years in South America."

Why, given his history, didn't he choose the path of renunciation? "But I did! After the asylum and torture, I said: 'I am tired. Enough. Let me behave like a normal person. Let me be the person who my parents wanted me to be – or society or whatever.' So back in 1975 I married someone in church, got a job. I was normal for seven years. I could not stand to be normal. Then I divorced and married another person who is now my wife [the artist Christina Oiticica] and I said: 'Let's travel and try to find the meaning of life.' I had money because I had been a very successful songwriter, so I had five apartments in Brazil. I sold everything and I started travelling."

His epiphany came in 1986 when he walked the 500-mile road to the Galician pilgrimage site Santiago de Compostela. He described his spiritual awakening there in one of his earliest novels,The Pilgrimage. "Then I said: 'It's now or never.' I stopped everything and said: 'Now I am going to fulfil my dream. I may be defeated but I will not fail.'"

This distinction between defeats and failure is central to Coelho's new book. The former are incidental, chastening wounds risked by those who listen to their heart, the latter a lifelong abnegation of the responsibility to follow your dream. Or as the narrator of Manuscript Found in Accra puts it: "Take pride in your scars. Scars are medals branded on the flesh and your enemies will be frightened by them because they are proof of your long experience of battle." That advice is borne of his life experiences? "Absolutely. I am proud of my scars and they taught me to live better and not to be afraid of living."

He looks at me sharply: "They taught me also to be a cold-blooded killer." Beg your pardon? "When I see people trying to manipulate me, I kill. No regrets, no hatred, just an act of – " He makes a throat-cutting gesture. He's not the fluffy bunny his writings might indicate him to be? "Ha! No! I can be very tough. If people think you're naive, they discover in the next second that they don't have heads. So love your enemy, but keep your blacklist updated."

Coelho clearly thinks highly of his readers and online fans. Indeed, Manuscript Found in Accra could be considered the ultimate tribute to them – the collaboration of sage and his online disciples. Share your fears, Coelho tweeted his followers, that I might offer hope and comfort. The resultant book consists of Coelho's meditations on such themes as courage, solitude, loyalty, anxiety, loss, sex and victimhood suggested by followers. Manuscript Found in Accra might function as an aphoristic grab bag of his principal thoughts. The treacly narratives of such novels as The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes have been excised but the cliches remain. He actually does write stuff like this: "It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" and "Don't give up. Remember it's always the last key on the ring that opens the door." Those of you who may so far have resisted the endorsements of Madonna, Julia Roberts or Bill Clinton may now be tempted to read him if only to test the proposition that Paulo Coelho exists to make Alain de Botton look deep.

Coelho lightly fictionalises this collection of putative aphorisms: the conceit is that we're reading a manuscript lost for 700 years, based on the talk a mysterious scholar called the Copt gave to the citizens of Jerusalem on the eve of its invasion by French crusaders. "The great wisdom of life," the Copt says toward the end of the book, "is that we can be masters of the things that try to enslave us."

How? Coelho says: "By taking responsibility. Today people aren't encouraged to take responsibility. It's easy to obey because you can blame a wrong decision on the person who told you to do this or do that. From the moment you accept that you're the master of your destiny you have to accept responsibility for every single action of yours. So why bother to follow my dreams? Then I can avoid being a failure – which is not true of course: you are a failure from the moment you don't allow yourself to be defeated."

Coelho by contrast snatched victory from the jaws of his several defeats. "Am I hyper rich? Yes. Do I want to prove this? No. Go back to your essence – don't play this consumerism game. This is nonsense. At the end of the day, the day that you die, the last minute, you have to answer this question: Did I really enjoy my life?"

How will he answer this question? "On 30 November 2011 I did," he says enigmatically. In that month, he was prompted to go for a scan by his agent M̫nica Antunes, whose father had recently died of a heart attack. "She was worried that both her husband and I were smokers. I said: 'No way, Jose. Come on. I walk every day. I have a very healthy life. I don't smoke much Рsix cigarettes a day.'" But the day after his wife's 60th birthday he visited the cardiologist for tests. "He said: 'You're going to die.' I said: 'I don't believe you.' He said: 'You're going to die in 30 days. This part of your heart does not respond any more to electric impulses so probably it is blocked.'

"I was shocked of course. But I had time to answer this question that you just asked me. I remember I was in my bedroom and I said: 'If I die tomorrow, I would die very happy. First, I did everything I wanted to do in this life – sex, drugs, rock'n'roll. You name it I did it. Orgies and whatever." Orgies? "Oh yes. Orgies. Ha ha ha!

"Second, I had my share of losing but I did not quit. Third, I followed my road, my bliss, my personal life journey and I chose to be a writer. And I succeeded, which is more difficult, you know?

"Fourth, I've been married for 33 years to the love of my life. So what else can I ask? I will die with a smile on my face, with no fear, and I believe in God. So no problem if I die tomorrow. That is what I thought."

Paulo Coelho, you will have noticed, did not die when his doctor said he would. "But I pray that when I die I will die with the same state of mind I had on the 30th of November 2011."

How would he counsel his followers to die contented? "I can't tell them. I only know that the most important gift that you have is courage – be courageous." He lights a cigarette and smokes it in seeming defiance of what he calls the Unwanted Visitor, death.

In the January of every odd year since 1988, he has tried to find a white feather. Only if he succeeds does he write a book. Unfortunately for some of his critics, he found one earlier this year and so plans to write another book. It won't take long. "I write a book in 15 days. Then I go to social communities – I love social communities."

He means Twitter and Facebook. Why? "Twitter I think is an art. Because if you're connected to people you learn how to summarise. I used to do that when I used to write lyrics. It was always the tendency of my life to be clear without being superficial." He's not superficial? "No. Each sentence is dense, poetic."

Coelho signs a copy of his book for me: "Avoid those who say: 'I will go no further.' Love, Paulo Coelho."

As I walk from his apartment into a city of writers greater than Coelho (Rousseau was born and Borges died here), I wish, though not wanting to be ungrateful, he'd chosen a better quote from his book. For example: "Fate is never unfair to anyone. We are all free to hate or love what we do." That seems to me Coelho at his best, going beyond upbeat banalities and challenging those who make victimhood their identity.

At least he didn't write: "Cross me and you die." Though clearly he could have done.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/mar/17/paulo-coelho-manuscript-found-in-accra

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/feb/01/paulo-coelho-readers-pirate-books


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRij_uF_K98

Bitcoin aspect as a Pyramid Scheme, Bubble like thing



Back in the 1990's I was getting into a life insurance company
pyramid scheme AL Williams. It was life insurance funded by stocks.
At the time it looked good as the internet stocks where up and stable.
But came the crash and recession and lawsuits on AL Williams.
(Noted lawsuits happened after I quit!) 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th_mini-crash
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_1990s_recession

I quit because of the issues and the road of a recession and...
My dads insurance broker warned me about the issues
and that the gears are in motion for many lawsuits against them.
I later found out as I have a tendency to meet people before 
I meet them or relates, that a co-worker at a hotel I worked at
his grampa passed away and the family could not get his 
life insurance because the money was not there. So they where
one of the people that sued! Awkward moment for me, but I let him
know I dropped out before any lawsuits and it was the rocky road
ahead why I dropped!

Relating to Bitcoin and others I would see it as the same. Will it be there when 
you want it? Bitcoin is like a pyramid scheme it will happen sometime! Crash!?
http://www.sequenceinc.com/fraudfiles/2008/04/the-pyramid-scheme-aspect-of-primerica-financial-services

Reflection about paranoia, Hushmail's former CEO?
~~~~~Well their former CEO sits on the bitcoin Foundation. You should also never use Hushmail for privacy. They spill to the feds every chance they get. In fact, hushmail feeds you a MITM login upon request from any shady LE authority that will capture your private keys so they can decrypt your entire inbox. It's happened many, many times.
https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/1c0ola/i_just_asked_hushmail_to_accept_bitcoin_as_a

Give it's just a light to it but I need to say because of the investment into Bitcoin
being would I like to put my money into a pyramid scheme, bubble like thing?
NO! Because of the long term risk. Looking at the finish line what does
Bitcoin and others implicate?

Even in the stock market, futures and trading it is iffy! Well stocks now
are high up and like to say the iceberg is coming out of the water more,
so Bitcoins are able to pop out of the water more than it normally
would. When stocks are high other things do better. It can be like...
"Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, 
you never know what you'll find." - James Carville.
http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/10/technology/bitcoin-futures-trading/index.html

But the push in China would hold as investing in china is different.
The view of a company going broke is not broke as long as there is trust
the broke company will go on supplying goods in one way or another
still making money. But in reality it's a bubble. Also relating to the fact
is the power it holds and of what threat or against governments in a high
level of power bitcoin has! Points that needs to be looked at!

If Bitcoin goes down it can pull down the stock market with it
right into another great depression like the stock market did
in the past!

I would like to see Bitcoin get dumpped in to the poor to cover issues
in a minimum wage retirement cure all fix. It would help more than not 
for the poor. Bitcoin would be a better investment to dump it
into the poor as those are the 99% of labor force pushing on METH for
productivity in the workplace taking down sales with them.

~~~~~'A Real Bubble': Billionaire Warren Buffett Doubles Down on Bitcoin Doubt
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has joined the ranks of those who believe the market for bitcoin is in bubble territory.

According to MarketWatch, Buffett touched on the subject during an annual question-and-answer session held in Omaha earlier this month. While Buffett focused on a range of topics, he honed in on the cryptocurrency market during his remarks.

"People get excited from big price movements, and Wall Street accommodates," he was quoted as saying. Describing bitcoin as a "real bubble," according to the publication, Buffett also criticized the idea of applying a value to bitcoin.

He told attendees:

"You can’t value bitcoin because it’s not a value-producing asset."
https://www.coindesk.com/real-bubble-billionaire-warren-buffett-doubles-bitcoin-doubt

Not a value-producing asset? I have to note people would be the asset.
And in that points to slavery... We all are anyway. Wage slaves etc.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gay Cake better than a Sorry Cake

The whole point of not making a gay marriage cake is really stupid in why
is it a issue in the first place?

~~~~~The case concerns a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake to celebrate a same-sex couple's marriage because he believes that God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman.

Lawyers for Jack Phillips relied on two parts of the First Amendment -- free exercise and free speech -- to make his case, and at times Kennedy seemed torn during the lively and sometimes rapid-fire arguments.

As a lawyer for Phillips made his free speech argument on behalf of the baker's "artistic expression," Justice Elena Kagan and other liberals pounced, asking where they were supposed to draw a coherent line designating which business owners could qualify for an exemption from anti-discrimination laws. A jeweler? A makeup artist? A hairstylist?
http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/05/politics/supreme-court-masterpiece-cakeshop/index.html

Needing to note a cake shop is not a church it's a business that pays taxes and
follows Federal and State law. A business is a business not a Church!
Noted if it was that would be a market in the Church also bad in what happens after.

But rights are rights and who are you to cry over a gay cake when some gets their
sorry cake made!?


Friday, December 8, 2017

Spaghetti grilled cheese and not the Benzoyl Peroxide

From time to time when I make spaghetti I will toast bread and make a
sandwich with it. I also use Parmesan in it... Not Romano!!!
"Milk can be bleached with benzoyl peroxide or a mixture of benzoyl peroxide
with potassium alum, calcium sulfate, and magnesium carbonate but, in that case,
vitamin A must be added after treatment."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romano_cheese

But really a spaghetti grilled cheese does sound better.
If you have spaghetti free it's not hard to improvise it.

~~~~~Spaghetti Grilled Cheese
I like carbs on my carbs. While this Spaghetti Grilled Cheese made with garlic bread might seem over the top, I think it is a fun way to repurpose leftovers.

t’s a classic Italian meal, turned into one incredible sandwich. Spaghetti with meaty bolognese sauce is sandwiched between layers of fresh mozzarella and Parmesan Garlic Bread. While it looks messy, the mozzarella perfectly contains the spaghetti. The sandwich won’t fall apart, but I do advise against wearing a white shirt.

The Parmesan Garlic Bread is a big upgrade to the buttered toast that is in typical grilled cheese sandwiches. The bread itself is soft and easy to bite into, but it has the perfect crispy, garlicy, cheesy, crust. It compliments the bolognese wonderfully, while the mild mozzarella melts into stringy soft deliciousness. The spaghettis is tossed in a beefy bolognese sauce and place between layers of mozzarella.

The key to this recipe is using soft Italian bread. You want it to be smooshy. (That’s a word, right?) The softer bread really soaks up the butter and garlic as the butter melts, and most importantly, the soft bread makes the sandwich much easier to eat. Spaghetti grilled cheese can be a bit tall, so it’s important to use soft bread so that you can smoosh it down to fit it in your mouth.
Before we jump to the recipe, I thought I would share some more fun food mash-up recipes!

Ingredients

2 slices soft Italian Bread
1 tablespoon Butter at room temp
1/2 teaspoon Basil
2 cloves Garlic
1 tablespoon Finely Grated Parmesan
1/2 cup
Bolognese Sauce
1 cup Angel Hair Pasta
Instructions

In a small bowl, mix the garlic, basil, and butter together. Then spread this on one side of each slice of the soft Italian bread. Next spread 1/2 tablespoon of the finely grated Parmesan on buttered side of each slice of bread, lightly pressing it into the butter.

Bring a pot of salt water to a bowl, add the angel hair pasta, and cook until al dente, and drain.

Stir the cooked angel hair into 1/2 cup of the bolognese sauce.

Lay a piece of the buttered garlic bread down, buttered side facing down. Top with 3 slices of the fresh mozzarella, arranging it so it covers the bread. Spread the bolognese covered angel hair over the mozzarella, and top with another layer of mozzarella. Add the second slice of bread on top, buttered side facing up.

Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and add the sandwich and cover the skillet. There is no need to grease the pan. The key here is to go low and slow with heat, and not to move the sandwich. After 5-6 minutes the first side of the sandwich should be golden brown, carefully flip the sandwich, and cover the pan again. Toast the second side of the sandwich and serve immediately.
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