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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Why do so many of us search for reasons to do nothing (except whine)?
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    I can't control what everyone else does or might do. We don't consume more because our costs are less. (Did you notice that our rental place also has solar power?)

    For those who can't afford...
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    Re: Trolling, line-caught salmon

    Spent a while in Sitka and got to know the head of the fish co-op and several of his captains. I really came to fancy good fresh fish during my stay.

    There are CSF co-ops that sell troll-caught...
  4. Re: Quick notes about Norway while I知 still jetlagged.

    A friend who lived in Oslo for a couple years (her husband was a sea-bottom geologist for Chevron) said that she was tired of all the food being white, especially in winter.

    She also learned to...
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    Re: Hilary Mantel RIP

    Read several of her books. Her research was exceptionally good, matched by her craft as a writer.
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    Okay. If you reduce consumption (insulation, double windows, lower room temps, spot heat, cleaner appliances) and get your electricity from solar, wind, etc. then you're on the right track.

    Our...
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    Re: Whats for Dinner - Car wiring harness

    We had problems with rabbits chewing up auto wiring and spent $1400 fixing it.

    Now, I prop the hood up with a plastic jug so there's light (which they don't like). Also bought some deer...
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    Re: My electric bill is going up 60%!

    We've installed two solar PV systems, one on our former house (now a rental, below) and a larger system for our current place (started 2011, paid itself off in 2019).
    ...
  9. Re: Virginia Thomas Agrees to Interview With Jan. 6 Panel

    I'm guessing it will be a closed-door proceeding.

    Alas!
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    News of the Weird. . .

    Coincidence? Synchronicity?

    https://i.imgur.com/sHnlDzi.jpg
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    Re: Groom Service the series.

    Some practical bits: Do they expect you, Renee, groomers, et al to provide point-of-view material (i.e. wear body cams and mics) or do they merely seek to gather storyline material for a...
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    Re: Trafficing in Illegal Immigrants

    Vile hypocritical idiots.

    Without migrants willing to work nasty, low-wage jobs, the economies of Texas, Florida, and the other former slave states would collapse.

    Consider this request...
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    Pakistan Flood Relief

    The extreme flooding in Pakistan is shaping up to be a major catastrophe, with 33 million people displaced, crops and farmland ruined. infrastructure destroyed, and immediate shortages of clean...
  14. Thread: smoked meat

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    Re: smoked meat

    Do the pucks have to be round?

    I've got a soil block press for starting seeds that turns out square pucks. Or you could use a muffin tin and a circular potato masher.
    ...
  15. Re: I predict lots of folks have or will fail WORDLE today.

    Too right. Crummy word. I hate the ones where you have random guesses on one letter.
  16. Re: Trump Russia Collusion - ongoing Investigations

    Durham Inquiry Appears to Wind Down as Grand Jury Expires

    The special counsel appointed by the Trump administration to examine the Russia investigation seems to be wrapping up its work with no...
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    Re: Terraforming

    Despite the clean green image, my impression of New Zealand was that it's been terraformed for sheep, cattle, crop farming, and commercial timber.
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    Re: Moments when you wish you had a camera

    That rock, Lucifer in Hell's Half Mile on the Green River in Lodore Canyon, is famous. Major Powell wrecked there.

    We were really flying and the rock was slick with algae. Ooops!

    So, after...
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    Re: The American School System!

    I figured out early on that I was smarter than quite a few of my teachers. But that didn't make me dislike them. Rather, it let me see them as human rather than exalted whatevers.

    12 grades of...
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    Re: Moments when you wish you had a camera

    Somebody else had a camera. I was rather busy.

    https://i.imgur.com/J76chrn.jpg
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    Re: the wonton killings

    https://i.imgur.com/9V3jPP6.jpg
  22. Thread: smoked meat

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    Re: smoked meat

    Just smoked a pork butt and some St. Louis cut ribs. Kosher salt and a light dusting of Gates classic rub.

    I use the Weber Smoky Mountain kettle to put on some smoke: low heat (200ーF), two...
  23. Thread: Sandmann

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    Re: Sandmann

    That pissant?

    I was thinking of a different Sandman.

    https://i.imgur.com/nqK8ldw.jpg
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    Re: What's for dinner

    Cold roast chicken breasts. Crusty bread with olive oil, basalmic vinegar, and dukkah. Small green salad of romaine, with cucumbers and orange cherry tomatoes from our greenhouse. Cool dry white...
  25. Re: Alabama is jailing pregnant marijuana users to 叢rotect fetuses

    Who's going to protect the babies born in jail when the mamas get out and can't find a job, owing to their criminal records?
  26. Thread: smoked meat

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    Re: smoked meat

    Is Cathouse Willy around? He's a maestro of smoking and curing meat.
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    Re: Writing a Book

    Seems like you need more than one: a content/text editor and a photo editor.

    (Not to mention a publisher.)
  28. Re: How to go insane or try working this one out.....

    Good on ya, Barn!

    Not an easy life, nor a simple one, but you made it worthwhile.

    As they say hereabouts: Mitakuye Oyasin. Hear me! We are all related.
  29. Thread: smoked meat

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    Re: smoked meat

    I prefer cold-smoked salmon, but it's a challenge to get the right setup. Here's my home-made cold smoker (chips in a pan over an electric hotplate in a breadbox, with a duct fan).
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    I suspect she'll get crushed on appeal.

    https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Fthumbs.gfycat.com%2FMammothFatalAmericancurl-poster.jpg&f=1&nofb=1
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    Re: Happy birthday to Vince Brennan

    Happy Birthday, old mate.

    Hope the Osmiroid fountain pen is still working well.
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    Re: Happy birthday to Keith Wilson

    'Tis a gift to have survived this long, in a wicked world. :)
  33. Thread: Air bnb

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    Re: Air bnb

    When an elderly neighbor, a retired prof who loved sailing and boating, died, her kids sold her place to a recent RWW pioneer who remodeled it and listed it on AirBnB and Vrbo.

    Quite a few of...
  34. Re: The Golden Globe 2020: Sailing Like it's 1968

    Just watched a new doco on Netflix, about the 1983 America's Cup, when the Aussies ended a 132 year streak.


    https://youtu.be/PSmns9QWPiE
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    Re: Pictures of decay

    Wonderful photos. Quite a few mills in the western US that were dependent on old-growth timber have closed.

    New Zealand grows a tremendous lot of radiata pine on commercial plots. I watched...
  36. Re: Trump presented his Russian hoax theory to a court.

    Why would any lawyer concerned about his or her professional reputation work for Trump?

    Money. If and when he decides to pay up.
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    Re: What's for dinner

    Simple. Street tacos with Beyond veg burger, chopped onion and tomato, cheese, and lettuce.

    https://i.imgur.com/1hQrgEL.jpg
  38. Re: Judges, is there any means of disqualifying them?

    Useful link. Thanks.
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    Re: Steve Bannon

    Bannon's indictment will inevitably draw attention to similar scams such as Trump's Save America PAC.
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    Re: The return of Thatcherism?

    How about Ms. Truss? Our Lady of the Economic Hernia.

    She seems to have mouth full of worn-out slogans, and a head free of useful ideas.

    God help you poor buggers over there.
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    Re: Dog痴 gone bad

    It's a serious problem. When we lived in New Zealand, there were several cases of children being injured or killed by pitbulls.

    Dogs Attack and Kill Mail Carrier in Florida, Officials Say
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    Re: Cynicism is defeat

    Cynicism (along with cruelty and greed) is the ruling passion of libertarians.
  43. Re: Trump Imagined dining with Mark Zukerberg at the White House

    Republicans like figureheads. Doesn't matter if they can actually do anything.

    As far as Trump's gaffe, has anyone gotten a comment from Zuckerberg? Or is he too big a suckass to say anything?
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    Re: Cynicism is defeat

    A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

    —Oscar Wilde
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    Re: Why is it....

    When we lived in Auckland, NZ, without a car, I would shop as I walked from downtown back to our flat in Grafton.

    There was a fishmonger, a veg and fruit shop, a deli, a dairy, and a liquor and...
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    Re: What Are You Reading?

    The Colony by Audrey Magee. Set on a small island off the Irish west coast, it looks at the various relations of three generations of Gaelic speakers who live there, a middleman, a French scholar...
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    Re: For Labor Day

    We staged a sitdown strike at the Del Monte cannery (really horrible, unsafe conditions) where I worked the night shift.
    No luck. We all got fired immediately.

    When I worked in a sugar...
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    Re: Trump is Toast

    TFG's first rally since the raid was pretty predictable.

    Did you know the DOJ and FBI are "vicious monsters"?


    https://i.imgur.com/LjxJsJV.jpg
  49. Thread: AI

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    Re: AI

    Which would you rather hang on your wall?

    https://i.imgur.com/GzHhuAz.jpg

    Kandinsky, Composition 1911 II.

    https://i.imgur.com/lb4YFoU.jpg

    Painting by one of Jane Goodall's rescued...
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    Re: Some of you are Unclear On The Concept

    With a Gibson Les Paul for the anchor.
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