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    Beer, mead, and kvass brewing. Making sausages, fresh cheese, lox, limoncello, Scotch eggs.

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  1. This is what it looks like when someone hates themselves and destroys themselves.
  2. Spill. For what? Can I call you crim, for short? 😁
  3. Almost nothing gets thrown out here. Yes. That's what we do, for anything perishable. We do have a lot frozen (because we cook in bulk), but that's for days when we're sick or tired or lazy. I'm 63 and my wife is 68, so that's more often than it used to be. It's convenient to defrost, heat up, and eat, when you feel like crap. That's just about true. We do exactly that with vegetables, and now that I've read about it, I'll do the above with fruit too. Here's how I learned to live like this: My parents were Holocaust refugees and came to Canada in their 40s with all their possessions in one trunk: some coats and other clothing, a beautiful crystal vase and a few czarist-era gold coins (which I still have). After recovering from surgery in 1951, my father worked in a sweatshop on a sewing machine until he was laid off in 1973. I was born in the mid 50s, and I was an accident. They needed more money, so my mother worked for an event caterer, coming back from work with burns on her arms from the hot pots. But also with lots of leftover food. I ate a lot of appetizer mini hot dogs in blankets. I hate those things. They never owned a car. They never took a vacation. In 1968, my mother convinced my father that they should buy a house. My father was worried because he'd read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" translated into Yiddish. He saw that people could take advantage of immigrants. But she convinced him. It was an two-story duplex, in which the upper floor was occupied by tenants. The tenants' rent paid my parents mortgage. Even though my father was laid off, before his death in 1987, the house was mortgage-free. I watched them save and scrimp in multiple ways. I retained the ways that made sense to me, and my income, and the way I live today. When my mother was killed by a truck on Christmas Eve in 1999, she left some money for my brother and me. My share bought us a house that we rent out. (Lesson learned. Thanks, Mom.) That was half of what a refugee worker couple with an elementary school education managed to accumulate by living within their means. So, LoreD, you're right: you can pay a mortgage or even buy a house outright by living in a measured way for 30 years. It's harder in the United States. In Canada, they had Medicare that covered everyone from the mid-1960s onward. (My father's surgery in the 50s was paid by a Jewish immigrant aid organization called HIAS in the US. They help all immigrants of any faith. They're vilified for that work, by the racist right.) University was heavily subsidized by taxes. Canada is a better country for poor people. But it's still possible in the United States. You just can't live like everyone else. It's tough, and you have to be very disciplined. And you better never get a serious illness, and hope your kids get scholarships.
  4. And don't stop there. Let's have the whole story. I'm being nosy. 😊
  5. This has the potential to be an interesting story. Spill it. Firstly, where? Germany or US?
  6. I feel no guilt at all and I have 2.5 fridges, and it's just two of us. (+ 2 dogs and a cat.) The 0.5 is because one is a keg fridge that I used for beer fermentation, not kegs. It's not kept very cold, just 62°F, which is good for ale fermentation. Florida, where I live, is quite warm if you don't crank the AC: the house is 77° during the day, a hot cooler for sleeping. The other two fridges are there because we cook. We cook all the time, and in large quantities. What we don't want, we freeze, and defrost when we're both feeling too tired/I'll/lazy to cook. Now that we're older than Methuselah, that's a couple of times a week. So one fridge, in the brew room, handles beverages, large pots, European chocolate from Aldi, root vegetables, and in the freezer, cooked foods. The other, in the kitchen, handles dairy, cold cuts, most fresh food, fruits, and all the weird cooking sauces from a dozen countries. And the food my wife makes for the dogs and cat. (One day I'm sure I'll eat something meant for them, by mistake.) That fridge generally has ice cream, and frozen raw food. These fridges are used, and because we cook we don't but processed food. (Except the Aldi chocolate and some cold cuts.) I feel no guilt at all.
  7. Happy Thanksgiving to all. I'm thankful that I didn't get out of bed until 10:30am today. 😁
  8. Yes. And conversely Obama made them feel worse; partly because he was black, and partly because he was intelligent. Or probably because of both simultaneously. It used to be that people would be proud of having an intelligent leader. They'd say something like "I'm a simple person, but I trust ..." whoever it was in power. FDR, Kennedy, even Nixon. But today, every idiot can puff themselves up into thinking they're smart because they believe stupid conspiracy theories that are way out of the mainstream. And the purveyors of that nonsense tell them they're smart for believing it, and disbelieving science or common sense. Evidence: anti-vaxxers people who use faith healing for a sick child shootings aren't real, the bereaved are crisis actors Pizzagate child trafficking sex ring conspiracy theory deep state
  9. A software engineer where I work, who didn't vote for Trump last time, said something like this to me: This guy is in his late 30s, and really quite intelligent and nerdy. He doesn't care about immigrants, refugees, children in cages, etc. If Trump is to be defeated at the polls it will take more than vilifying him. The Democratic candidate will have to have something positive and good for many people.
  10. I usually post from my phone, using Chrome, and I get the phone interface which is kind of sparse. But if I really want more, then I go to the three buttons on the upper right of the Chrome page and request the desktop site. I still can't choose different fonts, just sizes and colors. I'm ok with that.
  11. Yeah, signed. But Miller will only lose that position when Trump loses his position. And when Miller is no longer in that position, he will go on to do other harmful things. I think he must understand that he himself would be among the first targets of white supremacists. If so, them he thinks he can use them for his own political benefit, safely. That's a cynical, risky, and immoral path to follow.
  12. We don't dumpster dive, but things get lost in our cupboards. Today I made a "tuna salad", except with cans of tuna, salmon, and mackerel that had expired from one to three years ago. (All wild caught, at least.) We both ate it about 3 hours ago. It was good. No health effects.
  13. Not for the topic. For you. The topic is boring. You're interesting.
  14. I grew up in a family that was both 100% Jewish, while simultaneously being left-wing, atheist (my father) and agnostic (my mother). I grew up with the foods, the Yiddish language, and the knowledge that "they" might come for me ... to persecute, to limit opportunity, to expel, to despoil, to murder. This was, indeed, my parents experience, since they were Holocaust survivors. My father's parents, and first wife and two daughters were killed by Nazis. My mother's parents died in the Lodz ghetto, of malnutrition, and disease. And it was the true history of European Jewry, with 2000 years of expulsions, pogroms, limitation in opportunity, and mass murder. I knew people with serial numbers tattooed on their arms. So with that history, what follows doesn't surprise me at all. It's what I was raised to expect: gun and cocked hammer, raised blade, ugly words, threat of annihilation. Rick Wiles: American non-denominational senior pastor at Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, FL, radio host and pundit. He is the founder of TruNews, a website known for promoting racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. His latest: “Jew Coup: Seditious Jews Orchestrating Trump Impeachment Lynching” This doesn't have traction yet. But this is the atmosphere under which it can get traction. This administration's followers will blame anyone for anything: Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, homosexuals. The most extreme right (KKK, white supremacists, Stormfront, Vanguard News Network and their ilk) all agree on one thing: if you get rid of Jews, you can then get rid of all the rest, Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, homosexuals, and eventually Catholics, democracy and the left. My understanding, my apprehension, isn't shared by others in my life. My wife is German Catholic, and thinks I'm obsessed. But if that was the case, why would I ever have married a German Catholic. There are children in cages, imprisoned by the government, children of refugees, and the refugees themselves imprisoned, detained. It is exactly the kind of cruelty that can be a harbinger of another Holocaust. This one will not be for Jews alone, just as the last one was not for Jews alone: Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, homosexuals, and eventually Catholics, democracy and the left are in danger. The architects of this cruelty are Trump and Stephen Miller, himself Jewish, an irony that is not lost on me, and bothers me more than I can tell you.
  15. There's no debate possible. You are convinced beyond any information, and no one else is interested enough. Certainly not me. Beside, this is a very technical topic and opinions are useless unless they're informed opinions from professional physicists. While I have had some advanced training in mathematics, the physics I use at work is pretty elementary undergrad level. So I'm not qualified; but I trust the PhD researchers in the field. Two of the most brilliant are Edward Witten and Steven Weinberg. Neither have expressed disbelief in the idea of dark matter, and since they're genuine experts, I believe them. (But note: my belief has no consequences in or for my life.) Here's something I do know, from a lifetime of watching people of varying levels of ability, honesty and energy: Mediocre people who have no real accomplishment will often puff themselves up by loud adherence to conspiracy theories. The less widely believed the conspiracy is, the better, because then they can allow themselves to think that they're so smart they know what no-one else does. I can't know whether you're one of those, but it certainly looks that way. So, while I have zero interest in the topic you want to debate, I'm amused by your great desire to be right, right, right! https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00205/full That's all.
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