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Monday, July 2. 2018
Iguana tastes like chicken
AP Investigation: Buying Local Fish? It May Not Be True - An Associated Press investigation has found that a leading sustainable seafood distributor who pledged wild-caught, domestic fish traceable to a dock has duped U.S. chefs.
No wild seafood is sustainable today
Charles Krauthammer’s Quiet Contribution to Our Understanding of Bipolar Disease
Feminists Invent Concept of 'Emotional Labor' to Blame Men for Everything
Lazy-ass men and lazy-ass women are equivalent problems
NEW REPORT: RECYCLING PLASTIC IS MAKING OCEAN LITTER WORSE
VIDEO Uncovered Trump Interview From Over 25 Years Ago Will Shock A Lot of People
Bill Bennett, Karen Nussle: Supreme Court's Janus decision could change everything for our schools and kids
Notes From a Poor People’s Protest. Feature: In a summer of reboots, an MLK original rallies again
Another Bill To Make Puerto Rico A State
Better idea - make them a nation. Why not?
Why Did DOJ And FBI Ignore Lack Of Evidence For Russiagate? They Fell In Love With Their Source
Democrats Are Making A Big Mistake On Immigration
For no borders?
America the Horrible? Progressives say that the United States is racist and misogynist, but they still want everyone in the world to come here.
The Difference Justice Gorsuch Has Made
Enough Moping’: Obama Tells Democrats To Forget Trump, Find A Message
No borders and everything free. That's the message
Abolish ICE? Not So Fast, Says Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Like it or not, Trump is a man of his word
The Left needs to face reality: Trump is winning
Is Trump the Most Fun President Ever?
Why Britain's Deradicalization Programs Are Failing
Religion of peace
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"The Left needs to face reality:"
Assumes they have the capacity for it.
No evidence is available to support this assertion.
The Oxbow, View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm (1836)
Artist: Thomas Cole
After watching the Trump video, I can no longer support him. Unbelievable. The nerve of that man.
When a nasty job has to be done, and you hire a SOB to do it, don't expect angelic behavior, past or present.
Not sure it's part of the interview but if it touches on Trump's politics 25 years ago, it's more of an indication how far left the mainstream has been driven (and the Democrat Party even more so) that Trump could plausibly be a Republican in 2018.
He's joking. The video is a short clip of Trump telling Oprah he's not sure he'd ever want to run for president, because he likes what he's doing, but he can't rule it out, because he's tired of seeing America get ripped off. He also observes that, if he did run, he thinks he'd win, because he thinks Americans agree with him on this point.
He also said if he ran he would be in it to win, and not to lose.
That's the core reason I supported Trump, I thought he was the only one who had the guts and determination to defeat Hillary. The rest of the GOP hopefuls were a bunch of munchkins.
If Hillary won, my wife and I had serious plans to move to Asia. Hillary would have been the end of the country. Fortunately, we still have someone who is fighting for that not to happen, although he gets attacked literally every day.
Terrible environmental standards in Asia, are driving plastic pollution in the ocean. Got it. And remember: All the global warming treaties, that the lefty communist\marxist\statests wanted America to sign, somehow always exempted Asia, form the same standards.
Overfishing of the ocean is going to be one of the great issues of our time. Japan and China will to have to withdraw at least 50% of their fishing fleet. The easy way or the hard way.
I thought that was already identified as crisis-level back in the '70s and '80s.
It was. The problem is politics. No country wants to be held responsible for out-of-control population growth, so they avoid the subject entirely by discussing "proxy" issues; like plastic bags, and global warming.
The truth is that all of these proxy issues are a byproduct of global overpopulation. Especially in countries like India, China, Turkey, Egypt, and Mexico. It's practically impossible for politicians to discuss the issue directly, because women get very angry when it is implied that they are having too many children. The truth is that in order to save the oceans, and the ecology of the planet itself, human population will need to be brought back down to around three billion people.
This will need to be accompanied by placing a moratorium on ocean fishing, slash and burn farming, and even fish farms. The objective is not to produce more food; the objective is to provide less food for fewer people. It is an undeniable fact that we are killing the ocean through pollution and over-fishing; and the worst offenders are China and Japan. Personally, I don't think that either country will act responsibly and reduce their fleets. A great deal of international pressure will have to be brought against both countries. In fact, the United States Navy will probably have to start sinking fishing boats. And don't expect the craven UN to help; they're afraid of their own shadow.
The more that the government - and by that, I mean well-intentioned, but ignorant fools on the right as well as the bleeding heart moonbeams on the left - gets involved, the worse the "problem" will be. But that's true for every problem (real or perceived).
While I have a legitimate complaint if someone sells me a fish advertised as something it is not, the plight of the "slave" fisherman is strictly between the fisherman and their employers. The bleeding heart useful idiots on the left will be the first ones to bitch, moan and whine when fish prices increase.
The best way to ensure an adequate supply of fish - defined as market equilibrium - is to let the free market work. Buyers and sellers will quickly work out the price for each of the various qualities of fish and sellers (either current ones or new innovative ones entering the market because of "high" prices) will figure out ways to supply the quantity of fish demanded. The only role of government is to enforce the contract between buyer and seller, i.e. that there are consequences if buyer promises to pay $X and doesn't deliver or if seller promises to deliver a certain quantity and quality of fish and doesn't deliver. All other government interventions will almost always result in some combination of higher prices, reduced quality and/or limited supply - note that this also applies to health care.
Lazy-ass men and lazy-ass women are equivalent problems
Am SOOOO terminally fed up with soi-disant "feminists" blaming males (usually white but not always) for their own failings. Have long considered myself as a feminist but would scorn to be allied to the screeching bitches who have anointed themselves as spokespersons for those of us whom they consider lesser beings.
I am a woman, proud of it, and with a good STEM degree. I am married to a very fine man (we're rising 50 years together) and with three great daughters. All are professionals. All have serious careers. Two are married with children, which makes life difficult. We step up when we can.
Back in the day, I was the "non-working wife", though spent countless hours doing volunteer work, not to mention being the "daughter on call" for my mother and her sister for many years. It is as it is. I do not regret the hours I spent handling family affairs; one does what is required. It's just when I see others sneering at those of us who have chosen to put family first that I get cranky.
Back in the day, there was a show on CBC which was going on about the values of having the state look after you in your old age. Some man came on who was not married and had no intention of producing offspring. Hosts applauded him for his progressive thinking. Unfortunately, I was not able to get on line to point out that someone's children would be expected to look after him; shouldn't he then be expected to pay a fair bit more to compensate for the costs those of us who had children faced so that said children could then look after him. Had a feeling that my comments would not have been appreciated.
That being said, I was the "god-daughter on call" for an aunt; she and her husband were childless. She moved to be near my mother, her younger sister, so our family had the two of them to take care of. It's rising 20 years since my aunt died (it's ten years since Mun left us), but - if asked - I rather think our children will remember very gratefully the years they had with their great-aunt and their granny.
Fish farming is the way to go. Many fish can be raised to be eaten. We do this for cows, chickens, etc. Why not fish?
As if 'wild' caught is the only 'good' way to catch fish? I never understood this.
We need to work toward raising more fish as food, rather than going out into the oceans to catch it.
Wild has a cachet because of the belief that meat and fish have healthier oils if the creatures ate in the wild and avoided the grain-based diet that farm-raised fish usually are given. It's roughly equivalent to "grass-fed."
Hopefully they will continue to develop open-ocean types of fish farming so that the problems associated with parasites and poor water quality can be reduced to irrelevancy. This is an industry with one of the poorest records of transparency on earth though, and maybe the DNA profiling is finally a good solution. And maybe they'll stop using food dyes to make their salmon look pink.
In Indonesia we used to watch the factory ships roll in (Chinese), deploy the net boats, and literally scrape out everything that was in the water column and laying on the sea bed. All hauled back to the factory ship and processed into protein-based animal feed . Painful to watch, and obviously, highly illegal. Same deal for the long-liners.
This is a major issue in Canada as we have a fair few salmon fish farms up the West coast. Understand what is being farmed is a species of the Atlantic salmon, not the Pacific ones. We still do get Pacific salmon in season.
Reality is that the really big Pacific salmon fishery is in Alaska. So they are going to try to enlarge their market by demonizing the Canadian farmed fishery.
Reality is that the "wild" salmon catch will not satisfy the market. Right now, the "wild" salmon catch fetches premium prices in season. But the season is limited. The rest of the year, it's farmed salmon on the menu at your local restaurant.
And, yes, I can tell the difference. But, given the recommendations for more seafood on the plate, better farmed seafood than none at all.
What a coincidence. We just watched Night of the Iguana 2 nights ago. Brilliant movie.
Could Puerto Rico make it on its own? What natural resources do they have to use to earn a living? Don't get me wrong, I'm open to the idea, just thinking the naysayers and opponents will argue it isn't possible without unconscionable hardship for the locals.
Make Puerto Rico a nation...what a great idea. Then we could ship all the wannabe socialists and whining SJWs to their own Caribbean paradise to test all their wonderful ideas and show us how well they work. Ideas so great they must be mandatory.
I do not think you could make Puerto Rico a nation. Everyone living there is a U.S. citizen. What would you do ask them all to give up U.S. citizenship and become Puerto Rican citizens? What about all the Puerto Ricans living here, many of them only here temporarily. Would you take their citizenship too? It cannot be undone. A better solution would be to simply incorporate them into an existing state, perhaps Florida.
I don't know if Trump is the Most Fun President. But he is certainly the most entertaining and he drives all the 'right' people bat-guano insane.
The fact he's also been the most conservative President since Reagan is just icing on the cake.
"Why Did DOJ And FBI Ignore Lack Of Evidence For Russiagate?"
I don't think it is that simple or that honest. It was a scam from the second they invented it. It was going to cover up Hillary's crimes and then it was going to "insure" that Trump never got elected. After the election there was hope it could be used to impeach and even if not to impede. That's it in a nutshell. The crooks who did this colluded with Mueller and are still colluding with mueller. We still have this scam going on we have the MSM backing it and the Democrats defending it even after we have conclusively proved it to be a sham and a illegal/immoral investigation. Everyone involved in it should be brought to trial. It is the deep state trying to overturn our democracy.
I wish I was in Tijuana, eating barbequed iguana. That's all I got.