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  • #36835

    Unseen
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    To corn just means to preserve (in a brine). It’s a form of curing. No relation to Cornwall or with actual corn. It is definitely not for everyone. Cornwall does have a nice food: the Cornish Pasty (similar to a Spanish or Latin-American empanada but I think better). If you see one in a bakery or hipster food truck…try it! Or make some at home.

    Actually, I knew that corned beef had nothing to do with Cornwall, but maybe someone else learned something.

    I don’t roast whole chickens very much anymore. I cook Cornish hens instead. I’ve had pasties. Love ’em.

    #36836

    Unseen
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    Not having sugar in things seems unamerican to me.

    Or, better yet, high fructose corn  syrup.

    #36837

    TheEncogitationer
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    Davis and Unseen,

    You do realize that the only way that Progressive Socialist People’s States provide all their “gimmies” is either by heavy taxation or the printing of worthless paper fiat currency, followed by nationalization and personal confiscation, right?

    And that includes confiscation of personal Gold items.  President FDR illegalized personal ownership of Gold in the U.S. in the Thirties and that prohibition continued till the Seventies.  And piles of Gold teeth in Nazi death camps shows the lengths and depths governments will go to keep its machinery running.

    Prepper items are all well and good for natural disasters, bouts of unemployment, and work-a-day accidents and inconveniences, and I do my share.  But I don’t think all the prepper items in the world can prepare anybody for total economic and societal collapse into complete tyranny and barbarism.   That’s going to take a serious shaking-up of things beyond the scope of a pantry or a homestead or an underground shelter.

    #36838

    Davis
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    Encoginator,

    I’ve lived in five countries with generous funded programs. Reg also lives in one and Ireland actually has a very low tax rates, is a tiny economy and population compared with the US and yet funds robust social programs. Canada’s tax rate isn’t that much higher than the US and is a 10th the population and economy of the US and is light years ahead of the US on social programs and healthcare. Belgium has the highest tax rate of all the countries I’ve lived in and the economy is very robust and there is a high standard of living even after taxes and a much higher quality of life than in the United States and extremely generous programs. Most people who bitch and complain about high taxes are rarely the people with a high enough salary to have to pay those level of taxes. In other words they are fighting so that people richer than them don’t have to pay their fair share considering they have taken advantage of what the rest of society offers them to make their wealth but not have contributed a proportional return.

    It really comes down to the degree of how self-centered over all your country/state is and to what extent they’re prepared to live in a place with poverty and misery around them (even if it may not be so directly visible where they live). That also means crime, lost economic opportunities and unfair lack of opportunities and social problems. It’s really up to each country to decide where they go. It seems most American states have chosen a high level of selfish self-interest over the even basic well being of many of their citizens so that the already rich pay pretty low taxes and the marginalised and lowest classes (many in these positions through little fault of their own) can go fuck themselves (especially the homeless, many veterans, those with mental health problems and young people left to their own by their families. We shall see how America changes over the coming decades. Travelling through some American inner cities like Baltimore or Detroit is an insanely shocking experience. Reminds me of a Palestinian refugee camp…and this in the most astronomically richest country in the world. Holly fucking shit-sticks!

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    #36840

    _Robert_
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    Most people who bitch and complain about high taxes are rarely the people with a high enough salary to have to pay those level of taxes. In other words they are fighting so that people richer than them don’t have to pay their fair share considering they have taken advantage of what the rest of society offers them to make their wealth but not have contributed a proportional return.

    Yeah, I have meet more than a few trailer park alcoholics living on a $1,100 social security check who will tell about the evils of “socialism”. I play in rock bands and meet all kinds. Pretty much describes half of Florida. There is this one trailer park about 30 miles from here built on an old military dumpsite. Cancer rates are soaring thousand of % above normal. Ain’t that America. “Grab me another ‘natty light’ boy, fucking libtards”.

    #36841

    Kristina
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    Not having sugar in things seems unamerican to me.

    Or, better yet, high fructose corn syrup.

    Ah, so that’s what the ‘gold standard’ is. I’ve heard so many Americans go on about it passionately, but I couldn’t figure out why they’d be so fixated on a metal that has little intrinsic or practical value for most. Syrup makes more sense.

    #36842

    I am not a big fan of sugary foods but promise me a good quality Canadian maple syrup on my breakfast crepes or pancakes and our day is off to a very good start.

    #36843

    jakelafort
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    Don’t tread on sugar.

    Love, love, love me sugar. Why do you suppose lovers are so wont to call each other Sugar. Sugar is pure. Sugar is real and sugar sure gives a boost.

    Apropos of nothing i once had a client threaten to kill me. Next day there was sugar cane on my car. I thought that bastard is gonna try something. Then i found out my gf left the cane there. But that was my only falling out with sugar. Oh wait, that time and the time my dad took care of sister and i and he gave into our demands for sugar getting us cake, cookies, brownies, and other sugary sweets for dinner. After sugar overload that night we did not eat anything sugary for a month.

    Maple syrup is gold. Gold i tellya. But Canada aint got nuthin on Vermont in producing maple syrup.

    #36844

    Kristina
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    Maple syrup is gold. Gold i tellya. But Canada aint got nuthin on Vermont in producing maple syrup.

    I do not believe you have adequate data to back this assertion. There is no singular quality for either region. How dare you generalize syrup qualities. How. Dare. You.

    Well, I’ve exhausted my patriotism for the decade. Let no one say I haven’t done my part. I probably should have asserted Canadian is better (or specifically, Quebecois if we’re being honest), but that feels like it crosses the line into jingoism.

    #36845

    jakelafort
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    Kristina,

    i am only crackin and smackin my lips from the maple syrup i am trackin being heuristic as i tapped that maple tree that was there for all to see with a flag of vermont that was meant to be too jingoistic so i hung it from the highest tree so very high only an eagle could see.

    #36846

    Davis
    Moderator

    Eastern Canada have great maple syrup festivals. Best part was the “ice sculpture race” where they have a competition to see who can make a sculpture out of ice with a chainsaw the fastest. Total riot those festivals. Thing is…the syrup is so intense and sweet I really think one helping on top of crepes a year and I’ve had my fix! Do you like maple cookies Kristina (the stuffed ones?)

    #36847

    TheEncogitationer
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    Davis and Roberts,

    You are forgetting something: People of every income level have investments that they might not want taxed away by income taxes, capital gains taxes, sales taxes when they spend, and inheritance and estate taxes when they die and want to leave it to someone.

    Also, people of all income levels gain from jobs, goods, and services created by investments, which might be even greater if they were not taxed so damn much on multiple levels. Reducing and eliminating taxes isn’t “Trickle-Down” or “Trickle-Up.” It’s more like a “Big Splash” that irrigates the oasis and crowds out the wasteland.

    Oh, and another thing about those “robust social programs”…those are what makes Baltimore and Detroit into urban shitholes. The bloated gimmies and pensions of the compulsory unions United Auto Workers and The Teamsters helped break the auto companies and erode their competitive edge. When the auto companies went belly-up, the revenue for infrastructure dried up, the pensions of public sector unions working for the City of Detroit squeezed revenue even further, and whole sections of Detroit went back to the wilderness, with the rest of it dominated by arsonist street punks and gangs.

    And Baltimore has been destroyed by welfare statism turning people into ambitionless, aimless, dependent wards of the State living in crime-filled public hpusing projects. It started small decades ago, but it has come to a head in recent years.

    And with these past three stimulus checks, the rest of the nation is about to go the way of these big cities.

    With all the government paychecks going to people just for existing, more workers at my store are laying out, the goods on the shelves are flying off the shelves faster than the remaining workers can stock the shelves, and the store is increasingly looking like the stores of The Old Soviet Union and modern Venezuela.

    And prices on everything are starting to go up. Gas went from $2 to $2.20 to $2.63 in days and that affects everything of course, but even independent of that, there are constant price discrepancies on high-demand products from what they previously cost. The local Dole plant has inventory sitting about to rot and thus go up in price because they can’t get truckers in to pick up shipments.

    And the crap people spend their stimulus checks on is simply asinine. No toilet paper pallets or carts of sanitizer like months ago, but lotto tickets, bricks of ramen, gallons of sugar-loaded peg-leg juice, and I did not even know TV sets came in 81” screens and needed a crew of pall bearers to carry.

    And vacuum cleaners are bigger sellers than usual. I guess that’s to get up and reuse all the leftover blow and smack that the hookers spilled into the customer’s carpet. Yeah, you know there’s a lot of that taking place underground when stimulus checks get cashed.

    And because people think the money is all Heaven-sent, they think the goods it buys are Heaven-sent too, so now Dove Soap and men’s underwear are in locked cases and have to be retrieved and sent to the register.

    Pretty soon, the registers will be just one big counter area where customers will give their list and Mr. Drucker will have to go back and get it and Mr. Haney will be running the Uber/Lyft/Grubhub/InstaCart/FreshDirect service and Lisa will be cooking Hots-Cakes in the deli.

    One thing that hasn’t sold much yet are wheelbarrows, but if the stimulus checks turn into monthly Universal Basic Income, those wheelbarrows will sell out next. This time, they’ll be filled with worthless debit cards full of worthless Dollars chasing totally empty shelves.

    At some point, chaos will breakout, and all the entitled will demand a man on horseback to restore order, and the Orange Man’s mean Tweets will seem humorous next to the orders this man will bark.  People can’t say that history didn’t warn them.

    Meanwhile, I never cashed my first paper stimulus check and plan to send the money on the debit card back. I simply don’t want to have a hand in a policy that will destroy this nation and I want to be the one thing politicians fear the most: someone who doesn’t need them.

    The paper check I’m framing with a note that says: “Kids, this is what dumb adults once thought equalled prosperity.”

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    #36850

    Kristina
    Participant

    Davis and Roberts, You are forgetting something:

    I doubt they are ‘forgetting’. You wrote a bunch of incoherent statements not really backed up by research or data. It’s bias, suspicion and fear-mongering without content. I mean, gas prices going up? It’s because of the storms in Texas. I am not saying the prices needed to go up that much. I am saying oil producers were given a reason to jack up the price and they took it. What does that have to do with anything else you were going on about?

    #36851

    Kristina
    Participant

    Do you like maple cookies Kristina (the stuffed ones?)

    Every once in a while I get a craving for them, but I don’t tend to buy them, especially now that I’m getting my weight back down to healthy levels. It’s not something I eat in moderation.

    I had a strange craving for the maple syrup variant of sugar pie the other day. It’s not generally sold out west, which is a good thing. Even as a kid, finishing a whole slice was an endeavour, and I had a crazy sweet tooth. What would I do with a whole pie to myself?

    Ah, now I want a butter (with raisins).

    #36852

    Davis
    Moderator

    What would I do with a whole pie to myself?

    Mmmm….it’s safer to just get a nanaimo bar 🙂 Then you aren’t tempted to eat an entire pie.

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