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Saturday, August 12. 2017
Nope. Dairy barns were painted white -- with lead paint --to indicate purity. Barns are painted all colors, but most red ones were covered with red lead primer. Lead oxide, linseed oil, turpentine and Japan drier. Most outbuildings didn't merit paint, and red lead primer was the cheapest stuff you could buy. Cary Grant learned not to mix white lead primer with red lead primer in Operation Petticoat.
Legos suck. Bring back American Bricks!
You can make butter with milk and a stick. Command economies can't solve anything.
We've finally reached peak passion.
Look at the picture. It's like these dweebs share one, big closet to go with their one, big opinion.
Listen, poindexters. We stopped going to the moon because there's nothing to do there. It was a stunt, to outdo the Soviet Union.
"Crowdfunded vessel." Heh. Have you tried my Indiegogo vaccines? They're free-range.
This accurate description of recent investor/business relationships tells you all you need to know about the last 10 years.
His motorcade doesn't obey the speed limit. They should revoke his driver's license, too.
He just really likes typing Libor.
Get Shorty was a perfect movie. Get Shorty was a passable book. Get Shorty will be a terrible TV show.
This becomes a problem when the government changes hands, apparently.
Have a great Saturday, everyone! Maybe paint your barn red, and then paint the town red.
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A nice day
Just home and perused Roger's Saturday links. He is so good at this. Too bad I can't afford to pay him more than he makes painting barns in Maine with red primer. Roger, I have done my share of red barn painting and entirely agree with the idea that
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Trump's twitters have been ridiculed and praised. But the left seems most angry about them and wants him to stop. Hmmm! They want him to fail and yet they try to give him advice so he won't look so stupid. Why do I think the twitter is effective and that is the real reason they want him to stop. I'm not sure what a twitter is or how one tweets or even where to go to see tweets. Probably if the MSM didn't put his tweets on the TV I wouldn't know about them. But it is clear to me that the MSM and the left don't want Trump tweeting. So tweet on.
Never having seen live tweet either, let me venture that tweeting is how Trump figured out to bypass the media sophists, wholesale. That's what really pisses them off.
Trump is an old school twitter. He uses the service for what its name means
Twitter \Twit"ter\, n. [From Twit.]
One who twits, or reproaches; an upbraider.
To vex by bringing to notice, or reminding of, a fault,
defect, misfortune, or the like; to revile; to reproach; to
upbraid; to taunt; as, he twitted his friend of falsehood.
Google is a marketing company, not a search engine or a tech company. Marketing is all about knowing your customer and opinions and feelings have nothing to do with that, everything is analyzed and scrutinized and focus-group tested and test-marketed beyond belief. You don't just wing it, you don't say "hey, let's try this and see what happens, let's give it a shot." Even then, the majority of new products and new marketing programs fail somewhere along the line between conception and roll-out and unsuccessful products and marketing campaigns get yanked real quick.
Google's diversity program seems to be the exact opposite of this. They're just assuming that strict rules about diversity is going to result in a better product and there's no studying, no evidence to back this up, they're just winging it. Obviously, if strict diversity were a good thing, any company not practicing it would be at a competitive disadvantage and soon put out of business, which is pretty good evidence that strict diversity is not in fact a good business practice. (Same with the idea that women only make 78 cents to a man's dollar for the exact same work - if this were true industry would be dominated by firms with an all-female work force.)
Unless, of course, Google's not thinking in business terms of profitability and efficiency but has a much bigger agenda - they see a digital future of trans-national or supra-national corporations replacing national governments as the shapers and rulers of society and culture much the same as the USSR's New Soviet Man or China's Cultural Revolution. Then it starts making sense. Google's not pushing this diversity as good for *them*, they're pushing it because it's good for *you*. And they know better than you what's for your own good and they're willing to hurt you if you won't accept that fact. We know where this leads.
Much of this diversity nonsense is mandated by the federal government.
You should see what we have to go through in reporting "diversity" as a service provider for federally regulated financial institutions, thanks to Dodd-Frank (the requirements are the creation of eminent legislator Maxine Waters). We also now have the same nonsense for our healthcare clients, I assume because of Obamacare regulations. Where it gets interesting is when we are supposed to report on the number of our "gay, lesbian and transgendered" employees, when it is illegal under State employment law to inquire about such matters.
"Twitter users" who want Trump to stop tweeting should also be calling for Kim "Chunk" Un from making speeches about nuking Guam. Which they aren't. Which is why nobody takes them seriously.
A butter shortage in Europe? Interesting. When I was stationed there in the 1980s we ate Danish butter at every meal. The dairy industry was heavily subsidized, it was cheaper than margarine.
I wonder what changed. I can't imagine they reduced the subsidies, that would be a very Anglo Saxon thing to do. And the continentals don't do Anglo Saxon.
Yes, do remember the stories of wine lakes and butter mountains, results of subsidies to various farm groups.
American Bricks. So that is what they were called. Had these as kids in the 60s. Only we had the white colored bricks. They were mainly used to build fortifications for our 1/76 & 1/72 scale plastic soldiers and vehicles.
I'd hope to claim them but they went in a garage sale one year.
Now that I know what they are called, I'll be searching for them for my grandsons.
I thought barns were painted red because that was the best color for something that was going to get covered in red clay dust.
"You can make butter with milk and a stick."
Actually, cream and a jar. Shake, shake, shake. But most commercial cream in the US has been adulterated with emulsifiers. You can still make butter but it is harder.
European butter tends to be cultured so you'll need some culture to put into the cream before churning.
My idea of comfort food is a fresh loaf of still warm crunchy French bread and a stick of room temperature Kerrygold unsalted butter. I can barely eat the whole thing but it's worth it. I don't know why the Kerrygold butter is better than American butter but it is. (Sounds like a tongue twister.) I usually try to butter a slice and eat it but can't quite get the right amount of butter that way and it melts and gets messy and doesn't taste quite as good melted. So I end up putting butter directly on the bread where I'm about to bite. It takes between a 1/4 and 1/2 lb of butter to finish the loaf. No idea how many calories or if it is good or bad for you but it is soooo good to eat.
I first went looking for their (Kerrygold) white cheddar cheese and was surprised to find it in many grocery stores. Why look in many you ask? Good question. Kerrygold is not cheap but the various stores have a significant difference in pricing. Anyway in the process I found Kerrygold butter and I love butter and when I lived in Europe I noticed the butter there tasted more buttery. So I tried it and I'm hooked. It is expensive but available almost everywhere.
I know why Kerrygold tastes better: Irish cows are happy cows!
The culture makes a big difference in the taste. I've had perfectly fresh butter from local producers that I didn't care for at all, because it tasted flat. What the cows eat matters, too.
Personally I'm fond of unsalted Land o' Lakes, which apparently has just the culture I prefer.
If you can get unpasturized whole milk, making butter is easy.
Dere ain't no such culcha in dis here country.
Dennis, dem Irish cows is happy cuz theys drunk. I can hear 'em singin' bawdy songs right now. Keepin' me awake, dang it!
There is something fishy in the Charlottesville event. The group protesting the removal of the Confederate statue had a permit to demonstrate. The city and the state tried to stop them but the court ordered it be allowed. The group protesting them had no permit but the city and the state allowed them to assemble in mass with clubs and other weapons. Then the police forced the permitted demonstrators out of the park and into the crowd of counter demonstrators. It appears to me that the state, the city and the police conspired to cause a riot where they fully expected the larger crowd of counter demonstrators to kick ass. That did in fact happen with numerous people injured. Then out of the blue the car ran down a number of demonstrators. Watching the video I did notice that the counter demonstrators were not simply local residents but they too were organized hate groups from out of town. (Workers World Party, ANSWER, International Action Center, Party of Socialism and Liberation, Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party front “Resist Fascism”, Marxist/fascist white and black extremists of “Antifa”, and various other anarchists.)
This entire event is being described as racists attacking peaceful freedom loving people but the facts seem to prove that it was a setup and the so-called freedom movement is a loose association of hate groups with communist backing and money. The fact that the government of Virginia and the city were conspiring with these hate groups to create this riot for political purposes is troubling. It is further evidence of this conspiracy that within minutes of the car ramming through the crowd the politicians on the left had prepared statements condemning Trump. I get the feeling we are being played by the left and the media... again.