Revised Open Thread (Mother's Day is Next Week)

I absolutely thought today was Mother's Day and put up an open thread called "Mother's Day Open Thread". Then I texted the TL kids to tell them I was on my way, and they responded, "Where are you going, Mothers Day is next week". So now I'm all tressed up (hair fixed up and dressed, not to be confused with "dressed up" )and no place to go. I guess I'll just read the news and check out places to to visit in Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico.

It's still time for a new open thread, all topics welcome.

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    So glad these things (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 04:53:07 PM EST
    Happen to other people.

    Happy mother's day anyway.

    Doesn't seem like good news (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 05, 2019 at 10:26:54 PM EST

    Washington(CNN) The US is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region in the Middle East in response to "troubling" warnings from Iran, the White House announced Sunday.

    A US official with direct knowledge of the situation tells CNN the threats were against both US maritime and land-based forces in the Middle East. The deployments are aimed specifically at deterring any Iranian military actions, the official added.

    A statement from US national security adviser John Bolton reads, "In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force."

    "The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces," the statement continues.

    Two US officials tell CNN that the very public statements are aimed at deterring Iran. There is no indication any action by Iran is imminent.

    I've been working on losing a few kilos (5.00 / 3) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:01:54 AM EST
    The good news is it's working. I have dropped about 14 pounds since starting the end of March.

    One thing I have found that works for those who might care is eating multiple smaller meals.  I've learned that breakfast is indeed important which I try to do, eggs cheese in a low card tortilla, about 9 and then try to eat small meals  roughly every 2-3 hours.

    One thing I have found helpful is soup.  I started with frozen low cal meals.  Which is not as bad as it sounds.  They have gotten much better with them.  There is a line called Cafe Steamers I am partial to.  But i am learning to do it without frozen food.  By using smaller portions.  Soup is great for this.

    Last week I made cream of asparagus soup.  This weekend I made cream of celery soup.  Today I am making cream of carrot soup.  They all freeze well.  All my cream soups are heavy on garlic and gourmet mushrooms and broiled rosemary chicken.  Added after the purée process.  And with the thickness achieved with veggies and a bit of sour cream instrpead of butter, cream and flour.

    This is a PSA.

    Check Out Quark (5.00 / 2) (#15)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 06, 2019 at 04:51:07 PM EST
    I found Elli Quark online then it took a bit to track down in the store, but amazingly enough Target had it.  I am a total label reader, this stuff has got a fine looking label and the taste is really good.

    It's replaced protein bars as my am snack.

    I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks every day.


    I've been looking for Quark (none / 0) (#16)
    by CST on Mon May 06, 2019 at 05:01:50 PM EST
    For almost 20 years and have never found it in the states.  They carry it at Target?!?!

    It's the key ingredient in German cheesecake,  which if you haven't tried it is a much lighter, fluffier version of cheesecake, and IMO is even better tasting than the dense U.S. variety.  Probably won't help with anyone's diet, but definitely worth trying anyway.


    It very low calorie (none / 0) (#17)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 05:13:44 PM EST
    I Was Able to Find Quark... (none / 0) (#37)
    by ScottW714 on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:14:15 AM EST
    ...at my regular grocery store, HEB, and Whole Foods, it's in the yogurt section.  

    What I couldn't find was quark that uses natural sugars like stevia/erythritol/xylitol.  If calories aren't a concern, check with your grocer.


    Good for you! (5.00 / 3) (#47)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Tue May 07, 2019 at 05:09:45 PM EST
    Keep up the great work! Can't be easy - probably as hard as it is for me to gain weight.

    I sure wish there was a way for you to just give me all of the kilos you don't want. My "skinny" clothes are getting loose because of the stomach problems.

    With my odd hours, it's difficult to do the traditional breakfast/lunch/dinner, so I do the multiple snacks throughout the day too. Only I try to get all the calories I can - empty ones or not.


    Sorry to hear about the stomach problems. (5.00 / 1) (#103)
    by vml68 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 03:34:47 PM EST
    If there was a way to donate excess weight, I would be an extremely generous donor ;-)!

    With my odd hours, it's difficult to do the traditional breakfast/lunch/dinner

    I thought you had retired?

    I am retired. (5.00 / 1) (#137)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri May 10, 2019 at 02:43:35 AM EST
    However, I'm very much a night owl. It is usually after 2a before I go to sleep and don't wake up until the crack of Noon - it was much more fun when I was young enough to take advantage of such sleep patterns.

    Lots of time spent in bed not asleep when the stomach is bad too. Walk to the kitchen and grab something to eat and hurry back to bed before the pain gets too bad (the only relief is lying down).

    Not how I saw my retirement going.


    That sucks and blows (none / 0) (#146)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 10, 2019 at 10:53:58 AM EST

    The only thing, we'll, not the ONLY thing, but definitely the major thing I love about retirement is not giving a shi+ what I look like so I can eat ANYTHING.

    Eating has become the center of my life.  And my most enjoyed thing.  Sounds silly but its true.  But probably not to you I'm thinking.

    I'm so sorry you are denied that.  Truly


    Ugh! That does not sound good. (none / 0) (#147)
    by vml68 on Fri May 10, 2019 at 10:54:56 AM EST
    Are the painkillers not helping?

    I am a night owl, too. Drives my family nuts since they are all the early to bed, early to rise kind.


    Important diet warning.... (5.00 / 1) (#102)
    by desertswine on Thu May 09, 2019 at 03:33:21 PM EST
    Do NOT eat raw marmot kidneys!

    "Nice marmot." - the Dude


    I saw that (none / 0) (#148)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 10, 2019 at 11:06:15 AM EST
    If you need to be warned raw marmot kidneys might not be healthy perhaps it a Darwin thing.

    I used to like (3.50 / 2) (#12)
    by Jeralyn on Mon May 06, 2019 at 02:12:40 PM EST
    Cafe Steamers too but frozen foods have so much sodium, I stopped. Congrats on the 14 pounds, that's big! I love soup but not the ones you mentioned.

    I have an app that I use when I come back from the grocery store. Before I put the food away, I scan the label into this program. When I want to keep track of what I eat, it gets the exact food instead of me having to search for foods in a database.


    There doesn't seem (none / 0) (#20)
    by NoSides on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:15:18 PM EST
    to be much interest in what is happening to Julian Assange. One has to read The Guardian to even find news about him. Last I read, he was being held in  London's high-security Belmarsh prison - referred to as the British Guantanamo.  

    I was wondering how you felt about him, his publications regarding war crimes, and also the revelations about the DNC.

    I am also curious about what you might think about  the treatment he has been receiving by the British, and the fate he might meet should he be extradited to the US.

    I am inclined to feel what is happening to him as a serious assault on a free press, but I seem to be in a distinct minority.


    Braised Snails Cretan Style (none / 0) (#21)
    by Zorba on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:37:27 PM EST
    1 kg (2 ¼ lb) large live snails 
    1 cup (250 ml) olive oil
    Half cup (120 ml) red wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (optional) 
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (optional) 
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (optional)
    Cooking Time: 
    10 minutes
    Cooking Directions: 
    • Plunge the snails into cold water and remove and discard the membrane that covers the opening. Discard any snails that do not poke their heads out of their shells. 
    • Put the snails in a colander and rinse well under cold running water to rid them of their mucus. 
    • Heat the oil in a heavy pan and add the snails, flat side down. Cook over high heat, stirring once or twice, for about 10 minutes.
    • Pour the vinegar into the pan and stir well, scraping up any sediment from the base. Season with salt, add the herbs of your choice, and serve immediately.

    I wish you (2.00 / 1) (#31)
    by NoSides on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:32:04 PM EST
    many happy hours plunging large live snails into cold water and discarding membranes.

    Obviously, subjects such as freedom of the press, global warming, Julian Assange and Greta Thunberg, hold little interest for you as compared with ridding snails of mucus.

    But it is very rude and kind of crude to insert your culinary predilections as a answer to serious questions by a new member of this site.

    If you are disinterested in the issues I occasionally raise, simply ignore them. Posting unrelated recipes as a response is kind of infantile.


    On the TV... (none / 0) (#38)
    by ScottW714 on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:17:36 AM EST
    ...they said today was Braised Beef or Lamb Day.

    My question above is (none / 0) (#26)
    by NoSides on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:57:27 PM EST
    addressed to Jeralyn.

    I am very interested in her opinion as a publisher as to what is happening to Assange.


    In case you forgot (3.67 / 3) (#34)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 07, 2019 at 07:43:20 AM EST
    Don't feed the trolls (none / 0) (#132)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Feb 02, 2019 at 08:11:55 PM EST

    I don't think he/she is a russian troll, just a baiting commenter, probably one who has registered here before using a different IP address so I can't tell. Please don't respond with an insult or accusation, just ignore or respond with a recipe. Comments with personal attacks or accusations will be deleted even if he/she is a troll.

    When and if (none / 0) (#64)
    by Zorba on Wed May 08, 2019 at 02:19:07 PM EST
    Jeralyn asks us to stop posting recipes as a response to this person, then I will do so.  ;-)

    Greek Cookbook (5.00 / 1) (#78)
    by jmacWA on Thu May 09, 2019 at 05:14:22 AM EST
    I am hoping for a complete Greek cookbook, it's worth the wait :)

    I will probably not (none / 0) (#151)
    by Zorba on Fri May 10, 2019 at 01:31:38 PM EST
    Be posting Greek recipes much any more.  

    So, (none / 0) (#71)
    by NoSides on Wed May 08, 2019 at 08:21:58 PM EST
    go ahead and ask her.

    My crime seems to have been to have been critical, from the point of view of a leftist, of the leadership of the Democratic Party - and my support of freedom of the press in the person of Julian Assange.

    If she recommends answering my concerns with recipes, have at it.

    I still would be interested in her views on Assange.


    Ask her yourself (none / 0) (#77)
    by Zorba on Wed May 08, 2019 at 11:10:18 PM EST
    I'm not your servant.

    Milopita (Greek Apple Cake)

    • 1 3/4 cup self rising flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 4 medium apples, peeled and cored
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 2 teaspoons brandy, such as Metaxa
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 pinch of salt
    • 4 large eggs
    • 3/4 cup milk
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

    How to Prepare Greek Apple Cake:
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Sift the flour and baking powder together into a large bowl and set aside. Cut each of the apples in half and slice them really thin with a sharp knife. Place the apple slices in a large bowl and drizzle with lemon juice.

    Grease the bottom and sides of a large Spring form pan using half of the butter.  Press the brown sugar into the bottom of the pan. Layer the apple slices on top of the brown sugar in an overlapping layer. Sprinkle the apple slices with the brandy and about half of the ground cinnamon. Dice the few extra apple slices that are remaining and place them in a small bowl.
    Add the butter and granulated sugar to a medium bowl and beat on medium speed with an electric mixer. Add the eggs one at a time and beat as it is well combined. Add the rest of the cinnamon and a pinch of salt and beat well. Slowly beat in the milk until it is completely incorporated.
    Set the mixer speed on low and slowly beat in the flour mixture until a thick batter forms. Turn off the mixer and stir in the raisins and walnuts.Place the batter into the pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining apple pieces.
    Place the cake pan in the center of the preheated oven. Bake for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan about 15 minutes before transferring it to a serving plate.


    NoSides, in case you haven't noticed (none / 0) (#83)
    by McBain on Thu May 09, 2019 at 10:36:34 AM EST
    this blog, like many other sources of information and opinions, has become primarily about presidential politics.  Other topics get covered from time to time but not like they were 5 years ago.  I don't like it, but I'm in the minority.  Most people want to read or post something directly relating to Trump.

    Maybe Jeralyn will talk more about Assange at some point.  I'm still waiting for her to comment on the Rest In Power documentary she was prominently featured in.  I'm not holding my breath.    


    In (5.00 / 1) (#104)
    by FlJoe on Thu May 09, 2019 at 03:35:39 PM EST
    you haven't noticed the subtitle of this blog is "The Politics of Crime".

    There is no politics greater than Presidential and there is no crime bigger than the ongoing theft of our Democracy.

    For whatever reason, you don't want to confront (or argue against) this fact that (IMO) many of us here believe.

    You want to talk about Jussie Smollet and the Covington kids, fine we did that, but than you get offended and bored when any of us inevitably come back 800 pound gorilla in the room.

    This may be all fun and games to you...it's Armageddon to me.


    He's still waiting (none / 0) (#84)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 10:43:25 AM EST
    For you to admit you are linea.

    It's been terrible for him (none / 0) (#87)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 10:49:07 AM EST
    Agreed. (none / 0) (#96)
    by ScottW714 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:18:19 PM EST
    Other topics get covered from time to time but not like they were 5 years ago.
    Since my 4 year hiatus, TL has become Trump derangement central.  It's actually fairly remarkable how folks I consider to be reasonable and fair minded, lose their damn minds when it comes to Trump. I absolutely despise Trump, like to my core. I unplugged from news for about 4 months following the election.  But around here I have been accused of defending him, at least weekly.  Which, in reality, is pretty damn funny.

    Like everyday it seems like someone alludes to something along the lines of 'Yeah, we got him now, it won't be long now, this is the start of the end'.  

    I feel like Joe Buck, who everyone accuses of being against their team, but in reality he's neutral.  Folks are so used to their homer announcers that fairness gets equated to bias.  There is no fairness when it comes to Trump and TL, and I am cool with that, but it doesn't mean I am jumping on the CraZy TraIn.


    Hyperbole much? (5.00 / 3) (#106)
    by Chuck0 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 04:15:26 PM EST
    There are plenty of interesting conversations and topics here outside of Bone Spurs. You're just not paying attention.

    However, that said, the readers and posters here recognize the danger that this sorry excuse of flesh and blood poses to the republic. If you consider that "derangement" then, oh well. I believe it to be genuine concern for the future of this country. I posted here during your hiatus tat Bone Spurs was clear and present danger to the safety and security of this country. I know it to be true now more than ever.

    I wrote an email to friend on November 9, 2016 that the United States committed suicide on the day prior. I stand by that.


    I actually do try to avoid talking about Trump (5.00 / 1) (#108)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 04:40:06 PM EST
    And not just here.  Because that's what he wants.  As long as we are talking about him he is happy.  He is any press is good press made flesh.

    That said sometimes it really not possible.  And in those times avoiding it because it's what he wants equals sticking your head in the sand.  Or some other dark place.


    I find it difficult (5.00 / 1) (#109)
    by KeysDan on Thu May 09, 2019 at 04:52:22 PM EST
    to be a part of the concern of Trump, and yet be apart from it. Detachment is not admirable, but it is understandable. Trump has saturated our lives and our very beings scream for a break.

    Ordering the citizenry's priorities with the existential threat of Trump front and center, is not derangement.  It is, in reality, logical, critical and essential to survival of the country as we know it.  A claim of unfairness, be it to Trump or any other, is scorching.  So, I, for one, will be on the look out for beautiful things to say about Trump. And, I will use my copy of the Mueller Report for a foundational bonfire to this quest. But,  I may, necessarily, be on a four-year hiatus.  


    Trump represents an existential threat ... (none / 0) (#111)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu May 09, 2019 at 05:28:24 PM EST
    ... to the national security of the United States. To be honest, I prefer to not talk about him all that much anymore because it just makes me simultaneously forlorn and angry, not unlike Jack Nicholson's J.J. Gittes when his associate tells him, "Forget it, Jake -- it's Chinatown."

    But that said, I'm under no illusions about who Trump is and what he represents, nor can I or will I just shrug off the incredibly dubious and murky circumstances which deposited him at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The man is a walking contravention to our country's democratic principles, and we stop paying attention to him at our own country's further risk.



    I saw some of this in conservative blogs/sites (none / 0) (#115)
    by McBain on Thu May 09, 2019 at 06:18:34 PM EST
    during the Obama years.  Everything Obama did must be bad, he's the worst president ever, blah blah blah...  
    It got old real quick.  

    The reaction to Trump is much worse. In here, and elsewhere, he isn't just a bad president, he's a criminal and horrible person. When criticism is so over the top it loses it's power. I cut the cable a few months ago, in part, because I couldn't stand to watch most of the news anymore.

    As for your comment....
    'Yeah, we got him now, it won't be long now, this is the start of the end'
    I thought this blog turned a corner when people started talking about the Democrat candidates but then people freaked out over Trump's tax returns.    


    I have not been following Assange (none / 0) (#97)
    by Jeralyn on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:32:25 PM EST
    When he's extradited, I probably will.
    I follow a lot of things I don't write about because there isn't enough time. It's not that I have less time it is that reading the news has become a minefield. It takes so much longer to find articles without video and paywalls. By the time I've found and read acceptable articles, hours have gone by and there's not enough time to write.

    I am paying for subscriptions to the NY Times and WSJ now -- and I pay hundreds of dollars every month for pleadings filed on PACER.

    I am not in Trump derangement mode, I barely think about him any more. I also am not into presidential primaries. None of the frontrunning candidates appeal to me.

    Things I follow that I don't write about much: ISIS, the college admimssions cases, drug cartels, events in Colombia and Ecuador and Mexico. Missing people, school shootings, sexual abuse and assault have never been on my radar.

    I usually like to have something to say if I'm going to write about a topic. If you prefer, I can put up a post on topics you tell me you are interested in without analysis, but really, why would I be adding?


    I'd like to hear more about people who (none / 0) (#116)
    by McBain on Thu May 09, 2019 at 06:33:19 PM EST
    have been wrongfully convicted, over sentenced, didn't get a fair trial.  With the help of blogs, podcasts and documentaries people are slowly becoming more aware of false confessions, eyewitness misidentification and the importance of good legal representation.  Hopefully, the trend will continue.

    Have we ever had a discussion, lead by the lawyers in here, about what someone should do when questioned by police?  I know you shouldn't talk to anyone without a lawyer if you're suspect of a crime, but what if you don't have a lawyer? What if you don't think you're a suspect?


    Yes. (none / 0) (#117)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 09, 2019 at 06:48:01 PM EST
    In the good old days before TL became 99% politics.

    When was that (none / 0) (#118)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 06:58:11 PM EST
    I've been here for as long as I can remember and it always been 99% politics.  

    The sub head is The Politics of Crime.  Sadly for McBain it's not Free Legal Advise


    Before your time. (none / 0) (#121)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 09, 2019 at 07:35:02 PM EST
    You are a relative noob around here compared to some...

    I've been here (none / 0) (#122)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 08:15:06 PM EST
    Since 2006-7

    Correction (none / 0) (#123)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 08:16:19 PM EST
    2005 I guess.  Based on what workplace I was surfing at

    So, before 2005, at the least. (none / 0) (#126)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 09, 2019 at 08:44:49 PM EST
    I would also suggest, w/o having any interest in actually looking at the  archives, that much more recently than 2005, there were a lot more posts on crimes, and associated politics, than there have been over the past, say, 3-5 years or so.

    Duke lacrosse was 2006 - 2007, for example. Sandy Hook 2012. Mike Brown, 2014 - 2015. Walter Scott 2015. And others.


    Actually, when BTD showed up after TChris (5.00 / 1) (#127)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 09, 2019 at 08:52:39 PM EST
    and Last Night In Little Rock left, imo, TL started it's 99% politics transformation.

    It unfortunate the politics makes you sad (none / 0) (#128)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 09:09:12 PM EST
    I think it's the reason most people come here.  It definitely is for me.

    Me too. (none / 0) (#130)
    by KeysDan on Thu May 09, 2019 at 09:42:11 PM EST
    Indeed, politics are the heart of the agenda set by Jeralyn.  A review of the blog topics of the past week, illustrates the mainstay of discussion.  The Open Threads offer a range of interests such as tv series, recipes (excluding troll protection), current events, and, yes, politics.  However, even the lighter fare bears on the political discussions in that the fun exchanges promote and facilitate (in the largest measure) civility in the political discourse . I have been a TL Resident for only about 12 years but this is my observation.  In any event, times and interests change, and TL has kept abreast.

    The politics makes me sad? (none / 0) (#134)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri May 10, 2019 at 01:02:29 AM EST
    When did you stop beating your husband?

    What makes you think (none / 0) (#143)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 10, 2019 at 10:45:00 AM EST
    I stopped?

    Touche. (none / 0) (#150)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri May 10, 2019 at 12:18:46 PM EST
    fwiw, I joined TL in 2002, the day Al Qaeda released their selfie video of them sawing Daniel Pearl's head off.

    I had no idea you'd been here since 2005.


    I'm not a lawyer but I know the drill. (none / 0) (#131)
    by Chuck0 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 10:17:52 PM EST
    You have the right to remain silent. Exercise that right. Shut up. Don't talk to cops. Period. For any reason. Don't discuss the weather, sports, nothing. 35 years on a Harley Davidson will get that drilled into your psyche.

    there are many posts (none / 0) (#135)
    by Jeralyn on Fri May 10, 2019 at 01:26:18 AM EST
    possibly dozens or hundreds where I have written about the importance of exercising one's right to remain silent. Many of them include the phrase, "the jails are filled with people who thought if they could only tell their side of the story, police would see it their way. It rarely happens."

    Fifth Amendment rights, like all rights in the Bill of Rights, are there for good reason reason. Use them or lose them.

    This is not legal advice, TalkLeft does not give legal advice. It's common sense.


    So, if the police show up at my house (none / 0) (#140)
    by McBain on Fri May 10, 2019 at 09:38:57 AM EST
    and ask about something that happened in my neighborhood that I had nothing to do with, what do I say?  "I won't talk to you without a lawyer"?  

    My common sense approach would be to never go into a police station voluntarily to be questioned. I'm not sure how to handle a situation where I might be a witness to someone else's crime.

    I'm a normal middle class guy.  If I get arrested for something do I ask for a public defender or should I try to hire one?   I'm assuming legal fees vary quite a bit.  Do you still get the one phone call or was that a Hollywood myth?  

    I tried searching for these answers but couldn't find anything.  These questions are for everyone, not just Jeralyn.


    I was a witness to a hit and run (none / 0) (#142)
    by CST on Fri May 10, 2019 at 10:36:36 AM EST
    And pulled over to see if everyone was okay or if I could help.  I was immediately accused of being the one to hit them until I pointed out that the front of my car was not crushed like the side of theirs.  I gave them my number in case they wanted more information and a few days later I got a call from their insurance company that was also trying to pin the accident on me.  Needless to say the whole experience left me less likely to willingly come forward without legal representation,  even as a potential witness.

    No good deed... (none / 0) (#144)
    by vml68 on Fri May 10, 2019 at 10:47:50 AM EST

    Julian Assange, Teriyaki style. (none / 0) (#107)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu May 09, 2019 at 04:24:46 PM EST
    • 1 Julian Assange
    • 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
    • 3 large eggs, beaten
    • 2 cups cold cooked rice
    • 9 ounces French-cut green beans
    • 3 ounces pearl onions

    In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup soy sauce, vinegar, honey, ginger and garlic. Place Julian Assange in a shallow dish, then pour half of the marinade over him; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.

    Drain and discard marinade. Grill Julian Assange, covered, over medium heat or broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 7-9 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Let him stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

    Meanwhile, transfer reserved marinade to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Set aside.

    In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Pour eggs into skillet. As eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. When eggs are completely cooked, remove to plate. Chop eggs into small pieces; set aside.

    In the same skillet, stir-fry rice in remaining butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the French-cut green beans, onions and remaining soy sauce.

    Add eggs; cook and stir until heated through. Thinly slice Julian Assange across the grain; serve over rice. Drizzle with sauce mixture.

    A side of fava beans and a nice Chianti are optional. If Julian Assange is unavailable due to extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges, substitute 1 beef flank steak of about 1.5-2 lbs.



    How in the world (none / 0) (#68)
    by NoSides on Wed May 08, 2019 at 07:10:51 PM EST
    is submitting an opinion about the treatment of Julian Assange - or Greta Thunberg - or asking the opinion of other members of this site - or of Jeralyn - "baiting" anybody?

    And, as I recall, your initial response about Assange was pretty crude.

    If people here are so disinterested in the fate of a publisher like Assange - who revealed information about war crimes - I am truly surprised.

    I liken him to the NYTimes of the Pentagon Papers era - which - at that time - had a modicum of courage and professional integrity - and received condemnation from the government - but support from people on the left. Assange is receiving the same sort of condemnation and, in addition, personal threats from the government, but the left has abandoned him.

    The assumption that I am a Russian - troll or otherwise - is really bizarre. I cannot fathom the connection between concern about an assault on freedom of the press - and any behavior befitting a troll.


    Indians Lime Pickle (3.00 / 2) (#69)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 08, 2019 at 07:43:14 PM EST
    8 limes
    1 tablespoon salt
    2 tablespoons mustard seed oil (see note)
    2 teaspoons mustard seeds
    3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    2cm-piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    2 teaspoons ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
    125ml (1/2 cup) water
    125g (3/4 cup, lightly packed) brown sugar
    2 tablespoons white vinegar

    Step 1
    Cut each lime into 8 wedges. Place in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the salt. Cover and set aside in a cool dry place, stirring occasionally, for 2 days.
    Step 2
    Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and cook for 30 seconds or until the seeds start to pop. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander and chilli powder. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until aromatic.

    Step 3
    Stir in the lime mixture, water, sugar and vinegar and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the mixture is thick.
    Step 4
    Spoon into sterilised glass jars. Seal and invert jars for 2 minutes. Set aside for 1 week to develop the flavours.

    (Yeah, balls on my mantle.  I'm actually getting a mantle this summer so.......)


    Brilliant (none / 0) (#70)
    by NoSides on Wed May 08, 2019 at 08:19:28 PM EST
    and thoughtful as ever.

    Not to Complain... (none / 0) (#81)
    by ScottW714 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 09:26:31 AM EST
    ...and I get posting gross stuff for the trolls, but since, you know, you are eating better, could we start posting recipes that are on the healthy side ?

    I have been a real meat substitute mission.  I don't eat chicken, so finding healthy good tasting protein is something I am always trying to do.

    Boca Burgers, flame grilled - Nothing new, I have been eating these for years because I really like the taste.  Doesn't taste like meat, but very good.
    I don't eat them with bread, just ketchup & mustard.

    Another favorite, Gardein meatless meatballs.  I serve these with Dominex Eggplant.  I have switched to avocado oil for cooking.  I make this once a week.

    Lastly, and I don't have the recipe, but my wife makes a mean Kale Soup, tastes just like the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana, but using turkey sausage instead of Italian sausage.

    Similar Receipe

    1 lb. Hot Italian sausage, casings removed (turkey Sausage)
    1 large onion, chopped
    3 cloves garlic, minced kosher salt
    Freshly ground black pepper
    6 c. low-sodium chicken broth
    4 large russet potatoes, diced
    1 bunch curly kale, leaves stripped and chopped
    3/4 c. heavy cream (no way)
    4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
    1/4 freshly grated Parmesan, for serving
    (My comments in parenthesis)

    • In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon, until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to drain.

    • Add onion to pot and let cook until soft, 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken broth and potatoes and cook until potatoes are tender, 23 to 25 minutes.

    • Stir in kale and let cook until leaves are tender and bright green, 3 minutes, then stir in heavy cream, sausage, and bacon and simmer 5 minutes more.

    • Season with pepper, garnish with Parm, and serve.

    Lime pickle (none / 0) (#82)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 10:21:38 AM EST
    Is healthy and awsum

    your problem is (none / 0) (#98)
    by Jeralyn on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:36:45 PM EST
    you do bait people here by taking positions you know they don't agree with. You also want to pick the topic of conversation. That's allowed in an open thread, but when no one responds, it means they aren't interested in conversing on the topic with you. When you keep raising the same topic over and over, as you have with Assange, you become like a clog in the open thread.

    I can tell from your writing you are not here for a real discussion but for sport. I have no reason to ban you, but recipes are a good way to alert other readers what you think of a certain post or poster.

    That said, please don't respond to every post of No Sides with a recipe. That kills the open thread  too, since no one wants to wade through them. One or two is enough.


    On an Assange-related subject (none / 0) (#129)
    by Peter G on Thu May 09, 2019 at 09:12:36 PM EST
    Happy to see that Chelsea Manning was released from jail today, after 62 days' time served for contempt of the Assange grand jury.

    On 25 Feb (none / 0) (#22)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:39:55 PM EST
    I went to the VA CAU (emergency room in a clinic for civilians).  The doctor looked at my leg for maybe two minutes, called in her little friend, and said do the paperwork, get an ambulance and send him to the hospital emergency room.

    Turns out I had DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) commonly called a blood clot.  I had started a Keto diet four days before.  All the doctors said that was unrelated to the DVT and I could stay on the diet.

    Bottom line is 28 April I went back to the VA for my monthly test.  I was at 232 on 25 Feb and was 206 on 28 April according to the scale at the VA.  My latest weight on my Garmin Index at home was 196.7.  Still have a way to go but I feel good about reaching my goal.

    I have to say Keto is not cheap.  I have cut out all carbs and eat as much real food as possible.  One thing that still shocks me when reading food labels is how much sugar is in processed foods. Some foods don't just have sugar but corn syrup and cane sugar in addition to sugar. Not to mention how many chemical compounds with names I can't pronounce are in many foods.

    On the up side I feel better than I have in some time.  Sugar and starch (carbs) are linked to inflammation in joints and all that seems to have gone away for me.  The key for me has been to find Keto friendly foods that I like to eat.  Searching the internet I found this ham and eggs with kimchi dish that I really like.  If you can find foods you like to eat it is less like a diet and more like a life style.


    I could never do that (none / 0) (#27)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 08:16:20 PM EST
    I tried Atkins years ago and lasted about three days.  The important thing I have learned is at least for me how you eat is as important as what or even how much you eat.

    I, having nothing much better to do, have been experimenting the last few months through the winter weighing myself every day at the same time with my body in the same state to see exactly how much I can eat without gaining weight.  It seems I'm ok with pretty much anything less that 2000 calories a day.  But the interesting thing is I can eat the same amount of food, literally if you believe the calorie counts on those box dinners, and gain weight if I eat it the way I always have which is one large meal and one smaller meal and lose weight if I eat it in six or seven small portions through the day.

    I have also been hitting the physical part more.  Stair master every day and at least two or three hours of trail bike a week.


    Key thing for me was finding dishes I like (none / 0) (#29)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 09:46:14 PM EST
    I spent lots of time early on searching for recipes that sounded good and fixing them to see if they lived up to their billing; some did, others did not.

    A lot of my success was due to finding sugar substitutes that I liked.  Now it does not even seem like I am on a diet.  I can have bacon and eggs, fish fried/sautéed in bacon grease, pork, steak, stone crab claws, cole slaw, and treats I make.  It is getting easier as I find more stuff I like to eat.  Getting out and walking, swimming, and the like is also important.

    The Keto facebook groups I am in also offer help.  But those on it long term do not talk as much about weight loss as how much better they feel once they stop the over processed foods with too much sugar, starch, and strange chemicals.


    Sugar was never really (none / 0) (#30)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 10:10:47 PM EST
    A problem for me.  It's not that I don't like desert, I do.  But I can totally live without it. And I never used sugar in much of anything.  

    I'm Like Howdy... (none / 0) (#39)
    by ScottW714 on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:42:56 AM EST
    ...sugars not a big deal, occasionally I crave some ice cream, but for the most part I can pass on sweets.

    But what bugs the hell out of me is when something says it has less sugar it really means its got some nasty sweetener like aspartame.  I cut out HFCS(high fructose corn syrup) in January.  

    I'll take the real deal since I don't consume much, but for breakfast cereal it was an issue and since I recently moved to gum with Xylitol I tried the crystallized Xylitol and it's a damn good substitute, tastes just like sugar with a little cooling effect, like menthol.  But most importantly it has an extremely low GI(glycemic index) number, like a 10th of sugar.

    Calories are lower, but not substantially.  I don't think it's Keto compatible as it has a lot of carbs, just no fructose.

    Not sure if you have one, but I am on my 3rd air fryer.  I have one for a couple years and it changed how I cook.  There are very few things that I don't cook or reheat in it.  It makes things crispy and it does it quickly.  My oven has fans in it so it has a convection oven setting, but it doesn't work nearly as fast or well.


    Also fond of ice cream (none / 0) (#41)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 07, 2019 at 09:01:36 AM EST
    And chocolate.  But ive learned to live with dark chocolate which is much better for you and in small doses.

    One thing I have found helps me stay on track is to occasionally, maybe once a month, give in and have something really sinful.  Like a big sundae or a trip to the all you can eat Buffett.

    But yeah, sugar not a big deal.  Don't do sodas,  never have.  I hate diet soda.  I have read some people are particularly sensitive to the taste of artificial sweeteners.  I am one.  I prefer cow pee to any diet soda.

    And I have never really had any interest in doughnuts or other processed sweet crap.

    But I can love a real serious desert.  Like Lava Cake with vanilla bean ice cream.


    I am really interested in your progress (none / 0) (#99)
    by Jeralyn on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:40:43 PM EST
    I have spent so much money on cookbooks and magazines recently and can't find anything I really like to eat. Also, no matter what I decide to try, I am usually one ingredient short.

    What did your doctors tell you about Keto and vascular disease (the high fat?)

    I have a hard time giving up sugar-- I'm doing better with no bread.

    Keep us posted!


    Biggest shock about a Keto Diet (5.00 / 1) (#132)
    by ragebot on Thu May 09, 2019 at 10:23:47 PM EST
    is the cost.  As an example regular butter at Walmart is about 1/4 the cost of Kerry Gold Butter.  I picked up some of the last stone crab claws before the season ended and melted butter for them.  There was a noticeable difference in the solids in the bottom of the bowl of melted butter between the two.

    Same huge cost difference when I switched from the generic Walmart sugar substitute to some of the top of the line stuff.  Without getting too far in the weeds there is a massive difference in how your body reacts to different sugar substitutes.  Some of them are really good; others not so much.

    I had been eating a lot of easy to prepare foods; now4 I have to spend time fixing and cooking everything I eat.  I am also in some facebook groups that offer support and advice on Keto diets.  The bottom line is that almost none of the store bought stuff is good for Keto; you have to fix it yourself.

    One of the keys to successful Keto is minimizing carbs.  I thought the grated cheese I was buying was OK; but it seems they put starch (carbs) on it to keep it from sticking; so you have to grate cheese yourself.  I suspect as time goes by I will learn other stuff like this.

    One thing used to attract people to Keto is you can eat all the bacon you want.  Thing is if you read the label on bacon it often has strange chemicals in it.  I have to drive to a small town about 15 miles away to a soul food butcher to buy pork belly they cut in to bacon with no added chemicals.  Not to mention if you look at the label on most of the meat at markets they have added water, seasoning, and sometimes sugar.

    Going Keto takes more time shopping and fixing food, and clean up as well.  There is also a learning curve.  Not just in figuring out what foods you should be eating; but which ones you like to eat.  As an example there are several good sugar substitutes and all are acceptable.  Problem is there is no agreement on which one tastes best, kinda like some folks like chocolate and some vanilla.

    Another big change for me is what is called IF (Intermediate Fasting) which basically means not eating three meals a day.  It is not for everyone and plenty of folks on Keto eat three, or even five meals, a day.  For me I drink coffee at say 8:00AM, and again at 10:00AM.  Maybe I will have a small snack; but often I don't eat till supper around 5:00PM when I will have my main meal of the day.  The theory is while we were sorta taught to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner there is no real reason three meals a day should be the rule; you should eat when you are hungry.

    The two biggest stumbling blocks for most folks starting Keto are not getting enough sleep (we talked about this before) and not drinking enough water.  Even if you do everything else right even failing on one of these two things will result in failure.

    On the upside I have not taken any ibuprofen or acetaminophen since a week or so after I started Keto.  I feel better and have more energy.  I have no doubt I will be able to follow the Keto diet long term.  I already have a long list of Keto friendly foods I like and enjoy to eat.  Many of the folks in my facebook groups talk about going Keto being a lifestyle you don't give up.

    While I talk about Keto it does not have to be all or nothing.  Kinda like strict scrutiny, intermediate scrutiny, and rational basis you can do Keto, Dirty Keto, and sorta Keto with reducing carbs.  In fact many folks suggest you start by reducing carbs (average diet is 250-300 grams of carbs a day); while a pure Keto diet would be 15-20 grams of carbs a day.

    Hope this helps


    Thanks for all the info (none / 0) (#153)
    by Zorba on Fri May 10, 2019 at 01:36:38 PM EST
    I do have to say, though, that the current ketogenic diet sounds an awful lot like the Atkins Diet.

    Keto and Atkins differ (none / 0) (#156)
    by ragebot on Sat May 11, 2019 at 08:29:46 PM EST
    in some important ways.  Keto gets the majority of calories from fat while Atkins gets the majority of calories from protein.  Atkins is a three stage process with introductory, weight loss, and lifetime while Keto stays the same.  Atkins also seems to allow more sugar and carbs.

    Here is a link with more details.

    I notice a lot of store bought Atkins products contain a lot more sugar, sugar alcohol, or rely on extra fiber to reduce carbs that are in the food.

    Keto seems to be a lot more DIY where you have to shop for Keto friendly ingredients and make the food yourself while you can buy Atkins branded products at the store.  Just my two cents but eating as little processed food as possible seems to have reduced the inflammation in my tired old joints and I suspect it has other health benefits as well.  It is also more expensive (and time consuming shopping and preparing) Keto friendly meals.


    Again, (none / 0) (#161)
    by Zorba on Sun May 12, 2019 at 10:28:52 AM EST
    Thank you for the additional information.
    I'm particularly interested in reducing my joint inflammation.

    Lots of research about (5.00 / 1) (#162)
    by ragebot on Sun May 12, 2019 at 03:50:45 PM EST
    sugar and carbs contributing to joint inflammation.  Not saying that is the only source but a lot of folks are eating way too much sugar and there are hidden carbs everywhere.  Another consideration is how much water is needed when you consume different foot groups.  You need about 1 gram of water for every gram of carbohydrate to stay hydrated, 3gs for every g of fat and 9gs for every gram of protein.  Protein also produces more waste that has to be eliminated.

    Not saying to eliminate any of the three, just that it is way too easy to over do them.  Fat is the hardest to over do because eating it is so satisfying; carbs the easiest, especially carbs in sugar.


    C'mon Jeralyn, (none / 0) (#110)
    by fishcamp on Thu May 09, 2019 at 05:02:09 PM EST
    You make the best green chili known to mankind.

    thanks, you made my day (none / 0) (#133)
    by Jeralyn on Fri May 10, 2019 at 01:01:08 AM EST
    with that comment!

    Jeralyn, (none / 0) (#141)
    by leap on Fri May 10, 2019 at 09:47:38 AM EST
    how do you make green chili? (I don't think I've ever made it!)

    Yes indeed. (none / 0) (#154)
    by Chuck0 on Fri May 10, 2019 at 05:03:48 PM EST
    I haven't been in Colorado or NM in quite awhile so I have not had a burrito smothered in green chili in that time. A recipe would be wonderfulness.

    In (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by FlJoe on Mon May 06, 2019 at 03:31:18 PM EST
    case there was any doubt
    Nearly 400 federal prosecutors on Monday said they believe President Donald Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice if not for a longstanding Justice Department policy barring the indictment of a sitting president.

    In a letter posted online, 370 DOJ alumni with up to four decades of service with the department wrote that special counsel Robert Mueller's report -- a redacted version of which was publicly released last month -- formed a case for obstruction against the president for which there is "overwhelming" evidence.

    Scary sh!t (5.00 / 1) (#40)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:54:21 AM EST
    I'm (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by FlJoe on Tue May 07, 2019 at 09:26:11 AM EST
    am more worried about having a free and fair elections in the first place.

    As things stand now I am convinced that there will be massive state sanctioned(including our own) rat-fookry.


    Speaker Pelosi, rightly, (none / 0) (#46)
    by KeysDan on Tue May 07, 2019 at 04:06:44 PM EST
    is warning of the boundless danger that Trump presents to the country. And, to underscore, in red, the critical importance of the 2020 election and getting out the vote.   However, it is necessary that such warnings do not serve to normalize the prospects of Trump ignoring the Constitution, including getting his "two years back."

    GAME OF WHINES (5.00 / 1) (#49)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 07, 2019 at 07:26:55 PM EST
    Honest to god I am enjoying all the ridiculous hysterical hand wringing and pearl clutching almost (almost) as much as I am enjoying the final season.

    It just boggles.  It really really does.  For the love of god people, it's a f'ing tv show.  You seriously need to get something like a life so how a dragon dies or what one character says to another or a f'ing continuity error doesn't send you into a death spiral of desperation and despairing convulsions of pathetic hysteria.

    It's not the Rapture.  It's not the end of the world.  It's the end of a tv show.  And as much as I love it, it's not worth suicidal thoughts.  No matter how much you wanted "something else" to happen.

    But to twist the knife, I think this is the best season so far.  I love it.  I would not change a single thing

    Even the Starbucks cup.

    I think I'll be annoyed (none / 0) (#50)
    by jondee on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:08:41 PM EST
    if that Hound-Arya odd couple isn't around at the end, but it's their show and I guess they can do with it what they want.

    I don't put that Hounds chances high (none / 0) (#53)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:28:14 PM EST
    But I think Arya survives.  But really who knows.  

    When they both say they don't plan to return it's easy to see them returning.


    I see that the Jerry Falwell (5.00 / 1) (#51)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:11:17 PM EST
    pool boy story has bubbled up to the surface. I wonder if there are any pictures left? Or if this another one of those stories in the National Enquirer vault. Who has that vault? SDNY?

    Rachel just said (none / 0) (#54)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:29:45 PM EST
    Cohen kept at least one.  Which he used to make sure Falwell endorsed Trump at a crucial time.

    That's what the reporting says.


    Okay. (none / 0) (#55)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:32:57 PM EST
    Thanks. I did not watch Rachel tonight.

    Holy horsesh*t (none / 0) (#56)
    by jondee on Tue May 07, 2019 at 10:33:08 PM EST
    and what endorsement it was.

    Falwell said Trump was an exemplar of everything Jesus taught, or words to that effect.

    The apple don't fall far from the tree. At
    least not in this case.


    You know what methinks? (none / 0) (#57)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Wed May 08, 2019 at 04:40:17 AM EST
    "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full." (Matthew 6:5)

    Methinks the good Mr. Falwell, Jr. has been reading too much Two Corinthians. "Two Corinthians walk into a bar. One gets drunk while the other goes hungry."



    Archie? (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 08, 2019 at 11:47:45 AM EST
    F'ing seriously?


    You sound exactly (5.00 / 3) (#61)
    by Chuck0 on Wed May 08, 2019 at 12:06:06 PM EST
    like my wife. Those were her exact words.

    I honestly thought it was a joke when someone (none / 0) (#75)
    by vml68 on Wed May 08, 2019 at 10:33:41 PM EST
    told me Megan and Harry had name their son Archie.

    At least they didn't name him... (5.00 / 2) (#62)
    by desertswine on Wed May 08, 2019 at 12:24:51 PM EST

    The next boy (none / 0) (#63)
    by Zorba on Wed May 08, 2019 at 02:13:13 PM EST
    Will be Jughead.  Or possibly Reggie.
    If they have a girl, either Betty or Veronica.

    OTOH, the couple could wind up naming a girl Mehitabel.


    The next girl (none / 0) (#66)
    by KeysDan on Wed May 08, 2019 at 03:34:09 PM EST
    might be Edith.

    Just to keep it (none / 0) (#93)
    by Peter G on Thu May 09, 2019 at 01:35:16 PM EST
    all in the family ....

    I (5.00 / 1) (#94)
    by FlJoe on Thu May 09, 2019 at 01:52:55 PM EST
    suppose Meathead is out of the question.

    I love it (5.00 / 1) (#73)
    by Militarytracy on Wed May 08, 2019 at 08:50:59 PM EST
    Joe Scarborough suggestion (none / 0) (#60)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 08, 2019 at 12:05:52 PM EST
    Of Willy Joe would have been better.

    King Archie.  Pfffffffft


    Archie received no royal title (none / 0) (#88)
    by Militarytracy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 11:08:05 AM EST
    His parents don't wish for him to be observed as in line to the throne. They want him to have a normal life. He's not going to have a normal life but they wish for one.

    Considering what is happening to the planet I personally would wish for my children to have Archie's normal life instead of the normal life being my offspring will guarantee them.


    And "Archie" is a very British (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by Peter G on Thu May 09, 2019 at 01:34:19 PM EST
    public school-type (i.e. preppie, in our vocabulary) name. Very upper class, a bit stuffy, really; goes with "..., old chum." In the British context it does not invoke thoughts of either Archie and Veronica or Archy and Mehitabel.

    I would like Archie (none / 0) (#95)
    by Militarytracy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:09:38 PM EST
    To be revived on this side of the pond. Snatch it from the jaws of the fictional Bunkers lol.

    It's a good old name


    All about personal experience I guess (none / 0) (#149)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 10, 2019 at 11:17:56 AM EST
    I do not the think of Archie comics or Edith when I hear that name I think of my next door neighbor Archie.

    He was a vile human being and I only think of his long suffering wife, Norma, who, it's said,  killed herself to escape him.

    F Archie.

    That just me.  


    Bob (none / 0) (#89)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 11:13:54 AM EST


    Archie?  Sorry T thats hilarious.  "Archie" will be a tabloid star.

    Why not Gaylord or Earnest?

    Bad plan.

    S'all I'm sayin.


    Man O' War (none / 0) (#124)
    by jondee on Thu May 09, 2019 at 08:16:20 PM EST
    Horsey McHorseface (none / 0) (#152)
    by Zorba on Fri May 10, 2019 at 01:33:55 PM EST
    Or Archie McArchface.

    ... Dad and Mum didn't name him Llewelyn.



    Executive Privilege (5.00 / 5) (#90)
    by Peter G on Thu May 09, 2019 at 11:56:01 AM EST
    Let me go on record saying: (1) The claim of "Executive Privilege" against disclosure to Congress of the unredacted Mueller Report is flat-out frivolous (in the legal sense of the word - having no good-faith basis). Executive Privilege protects the privacy of deliberative communications between the President and his/her staff and advisers. The Mueller Report is not that, nor is there any view of it that would make it that. Total b/s.  (2) The claim of Executive Privilege against Congress calling former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify is facially on point ... until you see that Tr*mp waived that privilege by voluntarily disclosing publicly his version of the otherwise-private conversations (i.e., "I never told him to get DOJ to fire Mueller."). You cannot assert a legal privilege that protects the privacy of communications after choosing to abandon that privacy.

    More Roy Cohn (none / 0) (#91)
    by KeysDan on Thu May 09, 2019 at 01:05:07 PM EST
    absurd tactics---deny, obfuscate, delay.   As if stiffing a vendor.  

    Agreed -- and there is no (none / 0) (#100)
    by Jeralyn on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:47:03 PM EST
    parent child privilege -- ask Monica L. and her mother. So, did DT, J and DT, Sr talk about the june meeting about dirt on Hillary or didn't they? Who called DT Jr or vice versa with the unlisted number?

    That's load off (none / 0) (#2)
    by jondee on Sun May 05, 2019 at 05:10:24 PM EST

    a load.. (none / 0) (#3)
    by jondee on Sun May 05, 2019 at 05:10:46 PM EST

    Revised Open Thread (none / 0) (#4)
    by CHANCE1998 on Sun May 05, 2019 at 06:34:36 PM EST
    My hubby reminded me last night that Mother's Day was next weekend.

    I promptly ordered flowers after coffee this morning, so I did not forget.  

    I'm the Opposite... (none / 0) (#8)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 06, 2019 at 08:57:33 AM EST
    ... bought a smartwatch yesterday, was tucking myself in and checking out the watch as I was excited to see what it was going to come up with in regards to my sleep cycle.  
    Ding, ding, Mothers Day reminder...
    Freakout while I checked my phone to see that it's next Sunday.  Whew, the watch was just throwing me a reminder, which is good ?

    Back to sleep.  
    I never used to be a sleeper, used to cruz on 4 or 5 hours for years, hated sleeping such a waste of time.  Now I am a sleeper, really look forward to it, but I am still an early riser.  I sleep hard, but once I wake up I am up for the day.

    The watch's report on last night's sleep:

    8h 1m
    9:48pm - 5:49am
    Efficiency 88%
    Actual Sleep Time 7h 3m
    Restless 51mins (10%)
    Light 3hrs 40mins (47%)
    Motionless 3hrs 30mins (43%)

    I have no idea if that's good, but it can't be bad as I feel well rested.

    I'm going to Coco, Costa Rica in a week.  Have been there before, it's a direct flight from Houston, small laid-back town right on the Pacific Ocean.  I highly recommend Ecuador as they are on the dollar and it's the gateway to the Galapagos, which are phenomenal.  Have never been to Columbia but it is the place to be these days, cheap, historical, and beautiful.

    let us know what you think (none / 0) (#11)
    by Jeralyn on Mon May 06, 2019 at 02:09:09 PM EST
    of Coco, Costa Rica. I really am interested in all info about life in these countries, from housing to food to internet speeds, walkability, things to do and see, etc.  And have fun!

    Coco. As Mentioned Above... (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by ScottW714 on Tue May 07, 2019 at 09:38:17 AM EST
    ...I have been to Coco twice, both times were with the fellas.  But I fell in love with it, small fishing village with lots of expats and some developement, enough that the infrastructure is American friendly, roads/internet/water, the hot kind.

    Last time I went I used VRBO and loved it.  It is so nice to stay in an actual house/condo rather than a hotel.  This time I am taking my wife and we are on a mission to check out retirement cities/property.  Americans can and do own land in CR.  Housing is somewhat cheaper, but the big difference is financing is almost non-existent in 3rd world countries.  Property taxes are a fraction of the US, like a quarter of one percent.

    Amazingly enough, the owner of the house we are renting is thinking about selling.  It's very odd that we are on this mission to find out we are staying at a place that could be purchased.  

    Fun facts/oddities about Costa Rica.

    • They have no formalized address system, directions are basically down the hill to the old oak tree and hang a left at the big blue house.  For the most part no street numbers and many small streets are un-named. From what I understand, this is a source of pride for Ticos & Ticas.  The house we are renting has a name, but the road to it does not.

    • Costa Rica does not have an army, it was abolished in the 40's.  It banned hunting as a sport in 2012.

    • While it is in the Caribbean, it has never had a direct hit by a hurricane/tsunami.  It does have earthquakes.

    • Costa Rica has devoted over a quarter of its land to national parks, wildlife reserves, and protected lands.  

    • Costa Rica accounts for only 0.03 percent of the earth's surface (has only 19,700 sq mi). However it contains nearly 6 percent of the world's biodiversity.  

    Directions to (none / 0) (#44)
    by ragebot on Tue May 07, 2019 at 10:27:42 AM EST
    Coco, Costa Rica (none / 0) (#14)
    by fishcamp on Mon May 06, 2019 at 03:54:27 PM EST
    Is way north, not far from Nicaragua.  Nice town, good hardware store.  I fished in Guanacaste for years and we made runs to Coco to shop.  Now they have a Home Depot in Jaco C R, much better.  I love Costa Rica.

    Sometimes Guatemala gets a bad rap but (none / 0) (#24)
    by ragebot on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:50:31 PM EST
    the Rio Dulce is on my list as a place to live.  Due to geography (it is a river in a 300-400 deep ravine) it is very protected from weather and is a hurricane hole for cruisers like me.  I have a good friend who went down there several years ago, married a local, and loves the place.  It is far enough away from the city gang violence that it is very safe and due to so many expats, also have a friend from Ireland who keeps his boat there, it has decent wifi and connections to first world civilization.  You can rent a moderate villa there at cheap rates and check it out to get first hand knowledge.  Here is a facebook group with details on how to get there from the airport and other tips.

    I used to live (none / 0) (#52)
    by MKS on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:11:18 PM EST
    In Guatemala.  In El Estor which is very close to Rio Dulce.

    Did you ever get to the Rio (none / 0) (#58)
    by ragebot on Wed May 08, 2019 at 07:11:00 AM EST
    The boat trip from Livingston is magic, especially if you are doing good deeds.  If you are not boating to Rio Dulce the best way in or out is via the San Pedro Sula airport in Honduras, opposite direction from El Estor.  SAP has free wifi too.

    Never did (none / 0) (#65)
    by MKS on Wed May 08, 2019 at 02:58:45 PM EST
    Rio Dulce and Livingston are in a world of their own and cut off from the rest of Guatemala. Pretty remote area.

    What smart watch (none / 0) (#139)
    by ragebot on Fri May 10, 2019 at 08:27:30 AM EST
    I just upgraded from a Garmin Fenix 3 to a Garmin Descent (I am a prisoner in the Garmin ecosystem due to using their stuff on my boat).

    Garmin sleep data is more graph but here are the numbers

    7h 53m Total Sleep

    8h Goal

    3h 17m Deep
    4h 36m Light

    There is also a graph of movement while sleeping.

    The reason I upgraded is the Descent is also a dive watch and one of the better free diving watches.  I took it to the pool when I got it a couple of days ago and this was the result.

    Session Totals
    Session Bottom Time
    Total Surface Interval
    5 ft
    Avg Depth
    8 ft
    Max Depth

    128 C

    Training Effect  
    2.2 Maintaining
    0.2 No Benefit
    Heart Rate
    bpm % of Max Zones
    96 bpm
    Avg HR
    113 bpm
    Max HR

    73 ft
    Water Type
    Water Temperature
    81.0 °F
    Avg Water Temp
    80.6 °F
    Min Water Temp
    82.4 °F
    Max Water Temp

    922 ft
    Elev Gain
    883 ft
    Elev Loss
    73 ft
    Min Elev
    73 ft
    Max Elev


    Funny Comment has me Thinking (none / 0) (#10)
    by ScottW714 on Mon May 06, 2019 at 12:38:25 PM EST
    I was talking to someone last week and said something about karma and they replied something like 'Trump proves karma does not exist.'

    I replied something like he still got some years left and karma would visit, but I didn't really beleive it.  Because really what could happen, for all the bad deeds that man has done, jail or death wouldn't even come close to an equilibrium.  His spawn will continue to lather in his dirty money and will surely continue with the dirty deeds.

    Donald Trump really does prove that karma does not exist.

    Classically (none / 0) (#18)
    by jondee on Mon May 06, 2019 at 05:59:09 PM EST
    the explanations of the workings of karma aren't like the frontier justice you see administered in a 90 minute Clint Eastwood movie.

    People can google it, if they want to get more of sense of the complexities and intricacies involved in the concept.

    That aside, what person in his right mind would want to be Trump? Aside from a lot of the people who voted for him, I mean.


    Yeah, Whats 60 Million People... (none / 0) (#35)
    by ScottW714 on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:04:13 AM EST
    ...who voted for him and the untold millions that are would toss their ethics out the window to have Trumps wealth.

    Not sure what that has to do with Karma, but if popularity is a factor, then he's got nothing to concern himself with.


    Party like it's 1019 (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 06:10:30 PM EST

    the leather bag contained two wooden tablets for grinding psychotropic plants into snuff, two bone spatulas, a woven headband, and a tube with two human hair braids attached, for smoking hallucinogenic plants.

    "We already knew that psychotropics were important in the spiritual and religious activities of the societies of the south-central Andes, but we did not know that these people were using so many different compounds and possibly combining them together," said anthropologist Jose Capriles of Penn State.

    "This is the largest number of psychoactive substances ever found in a single archaeological assemblage from South America."

    When they say cocaine (none / 0) (#23)
    by jondee on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:46:06 PM EST
    aren't they talking about the much milder coca leaves that the natives chew?

    I was under the impression that cocaine wasn't synthesized until hundreds of years later.


    Not likely powder (none / 0) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 06, 2019 at 07:52:59 PM EST

    Of course, it's impossible to gauge from this sample how the plants were prepared, but it does show that the inhabitants of the Sora River Valley knew about the plants' properties 1,000 years ago.

    but nope.

    The Stupid: It never stops.. (none / 0) (#32)
    by desertswine on Mon May 06, 2019 at 11:22:58 PM EST
    Mike Pompous: Melting Sea Ice Presents "new opportunities for trade"

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday praised the Arctic region -- and its rapidly shrinking levels of sea ice -- for its economic opportunities, despite continued warnings about the catastrophic effects of climate change.

    "The Arctic is at the forefront of opportunity and abundance," Pompeo said in remarks in Rovaniemi, Finland. "It houses 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil, 30 percent of its undiscovered gas, an abundance of uranium, rare earth minerals, gold, diamonds, and millions of square miles of untapped resources, fisheries galore."

    It's hard to believe that the leaders of the United States are so incredibly stupid and small minded.

    My thoughts exactly, (none / 0) (#36)
    by Chuck0 on Tue May 07, 2019 at 08:13:30 AM EST
    when I read this story. Climate change is a business opportunity, not a danger the future of the planet. I'm glad a I'm old. I won't have to leave through the flooding and overwhelming heat. And I have no children. Good luck to yours for those have children and grandchildren. I give the planet 30 to 50 years tops. I have the United States to remain a country about 12.

    Trump and his gang of criminals.. (none / 0) (#45)
    by desertswine on Tue May 07, 2019 at 02:36:44 PM EST
    has made the US an outcast nation.

    Delegates from Arctic nations - Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the US - had gathered in Finland to discuss balancing climate change with resource development in the region.

    The council meeting ended without a joint final statement from council members, after the US delegation balked at the inclusion of the phrase "climate change". It marked the first time the Arctic Council had failed to produce a declaration since 1996.

    Pompeo is affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Pompeo serves as a local church deacon and teaches Sunday school.
    In 2014, Pompeo told a church group that Christians needed to "know that Jesus Christ as our savior is truly the only solution for our world". In 2015 in a talk at a church, Pompeo said that "politics is a never-ending struggle ... until the Rapture." - Wiki



    Bipartisanship lives! (none / 0) (#48)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue May 07, 2019 at 06:44:24 PM EST
    New study suggests sunscreen chemicals (none / 0) (#67)
    by McBain on Wed May 08, 2019 at 03:38:25 PM EST
    enter the blood stream...
    It took just one day of use for several common sunscreen ingredients to enter the bloodstream at levels high enough to trigger a government safety investigation, according to a pilot study conducted by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, an arm of the US Food and Drug Administration....

    ...The four chemicals studied -- avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule and octocrylene -- are part of a dozen that the FDA recently said needed to be researched by manufacturers before they could be considered "generally regarded as safe and effective."

    As I mentioned in a thread years ago, I try not to use sunscreen unless I'm going to be in direct sun for a significant amount of time.  I used to be better about avoiding oxybenzone but the sunscreen I've been using on my significant outdoor days has it. I'm going to try to switch back to zinc oxide. There a new kind that is advertised as "clear".  

    I was ordering from amazon (none / 0) (#76)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed May 08, 2019 at 11:02:03 PM EST
    And I accidentally signed up for prime.  Funny how easy that is to do.  But I decided to go with it I had been planning to do it anyway.
    I'm liking it.  The Philip K. Dick stuff alone is worth the price

    I wonder how many subscribers they get like that.

    They Got Me More Than Once... (5.00 / 1) (#79)
    by ScottW714 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 08:48:42 AM EST
    It's silly because my wife has it, and I cannot use it without logging in as her, which is a real problem over the holidays because she doesn't want me seeing her lists/purchases.

    So I have to use my account, find what I want, then email it to her if I want it in 2 days.  But you cannot mess with 2 day delivery that occasionally is one day.


    Almost as many... (none / 0) (#80)
    by kdog on Thu May 09, 2019 at 09:07:14 AM EST
    angry emails/phone calls as Amazon gets to reverse the membership charge from customers who didn't realize they were hoodwinked into a "free trial".

    How many times I need to tell you I don't want your fast free shipping Bezos?  I can wait a couple extra days for my whipits. Quit asking me B*tch!

    Speaking of Amazon...have you guys seen their new 1984 stores? You have permission to shoot me if I ever walk into one of those houses of horrors. I hope the techie resistance fighters are quick to figure out a way to rob those stupid stores blind.


    Amazon (none / 0) (#85)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 10:47:02 AM EST
    Is the one true god

    Along with the unholy trinity of google and Facebook/Twitter

    You will be so much happier when you become one of us.

    One of us

    One of us

    One of us


    It sad how eagerly (5.00 / 2) (#86)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 10:48:28 AM EST
    I sell my sole for well produced Philip K. Dick.

    And there is nothing fishy (5.00 / 3) (#101)
    by Peter G on Thu May 09, 2019 at 02:48:34 PM EST
    about that.

    I have only (none / 0) (#113)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu May 09, 2019 at 05:53:59 PM EST
    just discovered Philip K. Dick. The price of Amazon is totally worth one season of the Man in the High Castle IMO.

    And there are 3! (none / 0) (#114)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 06:11:33 PM EST
    Getting there.  Homecoming also looks good.

    I used to get an offer for a month/two month long (none / 0) (#105)
    by vml68 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 03:51:11 PM EST
    free Prime trial every year. I would use it and then cancel on the last free day of the trial. Have never signed up accidently.

    During my free trials, I never watched any of their shows or listened to any of the music and I don't shop that frequently on Amazon, so I did not see a reason to subscribe. I would get daily emails telling me that I was not making full use of all that Prime had to offer.

    I finally decided to subscribe when Amazon bought Whole Foods. I buy certain items there and used to stock up during sales. Now, that sale pricing is only available with a Prime membership. Sucks. Yes, I know it is definitely a first world problem.


    I rotate (none / 0) (#119)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 07:22:57 PM EST
    I recently dumped Netflix.  Im going to have to do CBS streaming soon.  They have the new Star Trek which has been getting great reviews.  

    And I just read they are doing a big budget R rated limited series of The Stand.

    Which really is maybe Kings best.  It's been needed for so long.  There was that miniseries in the 90s which was not horrible but it was network tv in the 90s so....

    Like IT The Stand could not be done in one movie.  Or really even 2.  It's epic in every way.  I'm very excited


    Screenrant (none / 0) (#120)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu May 09, 2019 at 07:25:25 PM EST
    Stephen King shares his excitement about The Stand's upcoming limited series, which boasts a bigger budget and more violence than 1994's adaptation. While King's work has been turned into movies and TV shows for basically his entire writing career, the horror master is currently seeing a noted uptick in adaptations of his material. This fall will see IT: Chapter Two arrive to continue the story of the Losers' Club vs. Pennywise, a Pet Sematary remake recently hit theaters, Hulu is readying season 2 of Castle Rock, and this November sees King's The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep become a movie

    Also on the way though is a CBS All Access limited series adaptation of King's apocalyptic epic The Stand, directed by Josh Boone. The Stand was originally developed as a series of films to be directed by Boone, but the project eventually morphed into its current 10-hour limited series format. CBS All Access continues to try its best to grow as a competitor to big streaming players like Netflix and Hulu, and to do so it needs to play host to content with big existing name value such as The Stand

    The Stand was of course previously adapted into a 1994 ABC miniseries, which was pretty well-received all things considered, but fell victim to some of the creative limitations inherent to airing on network TV in the 1990s. Thankfully, during a recent appearance on The Stand miniseries director Mick Garris' Post Mortem podcast, King let it be known how excited he is for this new take on his gargantuan book, which will have much more freedom when it comes to resources and adult content than the original.

    Really the thing I'm most excited about is, first of all, we've got two more hours to tell the story. And second, we're free of all those things that held us back with [the original mini-series]. Not only is the budget bigger... we're free... in terms of language, in terms of violence... in a way that we weren't with the original. CBS All Access would really like this to work. And they've put a lot of muscle behind it. So I'm hopeful. But it's early days yet... so. The casting isn't complete. My son Owen has written some of the scripts, and they're terrific. So. It's good.

    Geek Tyrant (none / 0) (#155)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 10, 2019 at 07:38:09 PM EST

    Looking at King's IMDB page is staggering. He has 64 titles that he is somehow involved in that are in development or production.

    Have not ever subscribed to Netflix either. (none / 0) (#125)
    by vml68 on Thu May 09, 2019 at 08:41:27 PM EST
    We rarely watch TV. I think my husband and I must be the only people in the US who have not watched GoT.
    Thanks to all the comments here, I atleast know which shows I should watch when I get around to it someday.

    I haven't seen a second of GOT (none / 0) (#136)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri May 10, 2019 at 02:24:31 AM EST
    I don't have HBO and have enough things to watch already.

    Might have to get an HBO free trial so I can watch the Deadwood movie though.


    I haven't (none / 0) (#138)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri May 10, 2019 at 07:02:40 AM EST
    watched GOT either.

    You will (none / 0) (#145)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 10, 2019 at 10:47:54 AM EST
    You alllllll will

    I was far from (none / 0) (#168)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 19, 2019 at 09:40:39 PM EST
    Disappointed tonight

    Just one little wtf

    The little girl in the crypt at Winterfell and then next episode she's a sparrow for Varys working in Dany's kitchen - they made us all interested - it was deliberate pushes and then what?

    Is something on the cutting room floor?

    Call me! You don't get to just treat me this way!


    It was misdirection (none / 0) (#169)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 19, 2019 at 09:45:28 PM EST
    I said that in an earlier comment.  It was actually kind of obvious misdirection I thought.   Good.   Jewelry and all.  But I was not fooled.

    Remember.  No spoilers has been requested.

    And in this case IMO spoiling would be a capital offense.


    Oh misdirection horsefeathers (none / 0) (#173)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 19, 2019 at 10:29:26 PM EST
    That was a earlier comment in the other open. (none / 0) (#171)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 19, 2019 at 09:47:21 PM EST
    This one (none / 0) (#172)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 19, 2019 at 09:53:50 PM EST
    And I doubt the (none / 0) (#92)

    by CaptHowdy on Fri May 17, 2019 at 08:36:56 PM EST

    Little kitchen kid will succeed.
    Maybe.  But that was pretty classic GIT setup for a head fake.

    I expect a more dramatic resolution.

    Parent | Reply to This


    Nor have we. (none / 0) (#157)
    by Peter G on Sat May 11, 2019 at 09:37:47 PM EST
    I don't watch much TV, although my wife does.

    There really is (none / 0) (#158)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 12, 2019 at 07:08:43 AM EST
    A reason it's pretty much the biggest thing evah on tv.

    I spend much of the spring and summer of (none / 0) (#159)
    by ragebot on Sun May 12, 2019 at 09:01:41 AM EST
    2012 traveling in my Sprinter van to view the solar eclipse and looking at boats.  Bought my boat in late October of that year and was unaware of GOT.  No big shock that I was not watching much TV of any type.

    Once I stopped living on dirt I had no access to TV on a regular basis.  On the other hand wifi is a staple in most marinas and harbors.  No big shock that boaters have an affinity to pirates in general and thepiratesbay web site in particular.  One of the first things I learned was that cruisers often have large collections of digital files of movies and TV programs.  My introduction to GOT was when I got five gigs of 'entertainment'.  It included Season 1 and Season 2 except for episode 9, but did have episode 10.  Talk about a hole in the story line, the Battle of Blackwater was missing.

    Truth be known until I started living on dirt again in 2018 I was not watching GOT on TV; rather via streaming or more likely a digital file someone gave to me.

    Thing is there are fewer eyeballs are watching TV, more people are cutting cable, streaming, or simply pirating digital files.

    I have almost finished refitting my boat and expect once hurricane season ends I will be heading down island again and no longer watching TV.


    Watching tv (none / 0) (#160)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun May 12, 2019 at 09:37:24 AM EST
    Doesn't mean what it used to.   I spend lots of time watching things like prime and Hulu and Netflix on my tv because it's a smart tv.  You don't need cable to watch tv.  

    But I like having it.  Not just for the original programming which gets better every year but I end up catching movies I would never pay to see forgot about.


    I like the veterinarian shows, (none / 0) (#163)
    by fishcamp on Mon May 13, 2019 at 05:06:02 PM EST
    and the African animal shows are great fun to watch.  🐅

    The biggest thing (none / 0) (#170)
    by Militarytracy on Sun May 19, 2019 at 09:46:35 PM EST
    That has ever been on TV

    I tried once (none / 0) (#164)
    by Jeralyn on Mon May 13, 2019 at 07:52:18 PM EST
    the first episode of this season, and couldn't stand it. I wrote in the Passover open thread:

    I tried to watch GOT for the first time ever last week during its season premiere and couldn't concentrate on anything but counting the number of seconds between speaking lines. A few were over 20 seconds where the viewer just sits there staring at the face of the character who just spoke one line. No actor should need 20 plus seconds to convey an emotion, and no viewer should need 20 plus seconds to let the emotion sink in.

    Then again, no one here seems to watch what I watch, so maybe it's me.


    I think this was mentioned at the time (none / 0) (#165)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 13, 2019 at 08:25:31 PM EST
    But it's worth repeating for anyone interested in every watching the series that while it never IMO a good idea to start watching something in the eight season GOT is the absolute worst possible show to not start from the beginning.

    One of the reasons people love it is the world that's been created and the history of that world that goes back far beyond the first season of the show.  If you don't understand that you really won't understand anything.  And it's not like it could even be explained to you.  You would have to literally hit pause after every line of dialog and explain each word in context.

    I realize that probably sounds like hyperbole but I think any fan would agree.

    I mean, you can like the show or not but even if you like it you will not understand it if you don't start from the beginning.  

    As far as the pauses, I can almost guarantee a fan could explain the reason for them.


    I get that (none / 0) (#166)
    by Jeralyn on Mon May 13, 2019 at 08:56:57 PM EST
    James Corden had a very funny segment on it where they made one member of the staff watch from season 1 to season 7 without leaving the room. They brought him in food, and sometimes he had guests. Obviously, since the whole world loves it, it's probably just me. But I feel the same way about El Senor de los Cielos  you do about GOT  -- with a cast of hundreds over the last six seasons, it'd be impossible to explain the evolution and who everyone is and what their place is to someone who has never seen it.

    I certainly don't mean that anyone shouldn't watch GOT, only that it's not for me.


    I once made a house guest (none / 0) (#167)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon May 13, 2019 at 10:02:27 PM EST
    Watch the extended versions of the first three Lord of the Rings movies on mushrooms.  That like 12 hours.

    He has never really forgiven me.