Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around The Web

Video: "A point about cloaks"--Lindybeige 


Exact cooking temperatures can vary from slow cooker to slow cooker, but most reach upwards of 200°F on their HIGH setting. Coincidentally (or maybe not!), this is also around the target internal temperature for baking most breads. The trick is letting the bread hang out in the slow cooker for long enough that it bakes all the way through — undercooked loaves mean gummy interiors. On the upside, there's no need to let the dough rise before you put it in the slow cooker; the loaf will rise and bake all at the same time.

Other Stuff:
Clinton is the very model of a modern time-server – a politician whose features have congealed into an institutional mask and whose statements are a hymn to the status quo, to the vast reassurance of her followers and predictable outrage of the antis.  At her best, she represents the voice of grown-up responsibility touching US commitments at home and abroad.  But at her worst and most typical, Clinton behaves like a divine rights monarch in search of her electoral Versailles, above the law and mere bourgeois morality.
Nothing quite captures how much she embodies the establishment as this morning's headline from the Daily Mail: "Stocks soar on poll predictions of a Clinton victory - and it's the bank [Goldman Sachs] which paid her and her husband millions for speeches doing best." Gurri, goes on to suggest that the election really won't resolve the issues thrown up the fractured and broken power structure: "The quarrel between public and elites will not pause for Inauguration Day.  While the future direction of the struggle is uncertain, we do know what is at stake:  every aspect of the democratic process, of economic activity, of our place and power in a fractured world."
The economic stagnancy of the Obama years is to blame for plummeting life expectancy rates among white, working-class Americans, according to former president Bill Clinton, who privately told Democratic donors that lower-income whites “don’t have anything to look forward to when they get up in the morning.”
  • Another must read article: Although we owe much to the Anti-Federalists--those that opposed the ratification of the Constitution--they are now mostly forgotten. It is somewhat ironic, considering that it was their objections and arguments in support of those objections that gave us the Bill of Rights. In any event, Trevor Burris has a good summary of the Anti-Federalist warnings about a strong federal government in his article, "The Anti-Federalists Predicted Today’s Political Morass, And Can Help Us Get Out," at the The Federalist. It is sobering to read his article and see that the Anti-Federalists have, largely, been borne out in their warnings. For instance, Burris notes:
First, the Anti-Federalists predicted that the federal government the Constitution created would increase its power until states were merely secondary considerations. Second, that this powerful federal government would be too big and distant for the people to effectively control, and thus vainglorious men of ambition and avarice would control it to enrich themselves off the common people.
    Third, that it was unwise to govern a diverse and large population from a remote and distant government that would hold such immense power over the daily lives of common people, and, as a result, politics would become something more primitive than civilized, characterized by constant discord and fighting as different factions tried to control the lives of their fellow citizens.
      These three ideas can be combined into one salient and perceptive question: Will a remote and distant government that wields a large amount of power over a vast land and a diverse people increasingly be seen as not representing the people, and, in the process, sow discord between them?
        Read the whole thing.
          Learn to play the intel game, because when the apocalypse goes down, only those playing will survive. It is the ultimate advantage. Guns, tactics, fortifications, and so on are all kindergarten gaming. Intel will be the PhD/MD level of ass kicking when the shit is going down.
            Traditional neighborhood design helps create something conservatives value highly, namely community. (Note that community and the Left’s value of “diversity” are in tension; the more diverse a place’s population, the less easy it is for community to  form.) We value community because people who live in communities care what their neighbors think of them. That in turn generates peer pressure, which is the most effective force upholding proper morals and manners. People behave well because if they don’t, they may find themselves excluded from the community. Conservatives favor peer pressure and, when necessary, exclusion, because they are both more effective and less dangerous than law and the power of the state in leading people to behave themselves.
            • And, while we are on the topic of diversity:

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