Posts by Alex Storey

1) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1833938)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
OH WAIT, I bet you have to put a condition on that 40 hours. I bet that condition would make someone who works 60 hours a week not be counted as "full-time." Am I right?


You sure sound like you're right. But I honestly have no idea what you are talking about.
Please help.
2) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1833935)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
(I'm essentially answering a PM)

What's yours for the "half of America ended [up] making less than 30k a year" claim?


I'm sorry Bobby, I don't have one. I'm obviously going from memory. If I got it grossly wrong you are free to rub it in my face.

WK is quoting full-time BTW. That's not what I said. I didn't feel the need to point it out because it's obvious we're not talking about the same thing.
However, right above his stat is one that is a lot closer to what I was saying and it's:

All, age 25+  32,140


Or take your "household" stat. Just factor in "married" and you'll arrive a lot closer 30k than you think.

All of which has nothing to do with the point I was trying to make which is:
Even if the average full-time worker made 50k it wouldn't matter one iota as long as the graph below looked like this

3) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1833890)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Overall Median, Total population, Full-time workers, age 25-64, $39,509


Now you're talking. Finally someone put in a little effort.

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Now 2 questions:
1) Are full-time workers on the rise or in decline?
2) (And remember this is what started this little tangent of ours) Does it matter that "the economy" is doing well when Trump is the price you have to pay?
Obviously something is going wrong... "Post-Truth" didn't give us Trump, the "Gilded Age" did.
4) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1833885)
Posted 8 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
And who has the power to amend that Constitution?
5) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1833866)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
I'll let Jefferson answer that:

"You seem to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy."

(Queue Citizens United BTW)
6) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1833863)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
You really can't tell "worker" is implied here? Seriously? Babies?

Without a source for the number and a methodology of collecting it, no!


You guys don't have keyboards?
7) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1833861)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Yes you did. But I don't think you spent a lot of time letting the info in your source sink in.

Those numbers are abysmal in historical context and downright offensive when compared to US economic growth.

Smarter people than you got this wrong too, so don't feel bad.

In fact, only just recently Hillary's Corporate Democrats gave us the "gift" of Trump.

Because Trump out-lefted Hillary on this particular issue and the Rust-Belt bought it.

BTW, links are great and can contain useful info but books are always a better "source".

So the links below are just a stepping-stone... not a "source".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Average_Joe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_income_in_the_United_States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States
8) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1833854)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
OK, one more try. You are playing the chicken and the egg. Yes the egg came first.

But then the egg said: "The States are sovereign."

I'll carry on believing the US Constitution is Supreme, and from it all stems all sovereignty.


The Constitution (for now) ensures you are free to believe anything you want. But the Fed cannot take power away from the States, yet the States DO have ways of taking power over a perpetually temporary Fed.

No-one reigns Supreme. At the best of times Fed & State are equally sovereign, at the worst of times the State officials essentially call the shots.

And again, that's a good thing.
9) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1833807)
Posted 19 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Don't see the word "state" I see the word "people." I also see the word "Colonies."


So let me see if I understand this right:

You just managed to abolish the Electoral College just to get your snarky remark fix?

You also forgot the punchline:

these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States
10) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1833805)
Posted 19 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
You really can't tell "worker" is implied here? Seriously? Babies?
11) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1833780)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
The issue i was addressing was source of the Fed's authority, States or People, the Constitution says People.


Via the States, Bobby. Via the States.
12) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1833779)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Errrm, that's "household".
13) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1833757)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Alex Storey
Uh, I don't know if you noticed but Hillary won the popular vote. She ain't president.

"We the people of the States" doesn't sound as catchy. It's still more true than not though.

And that's a good thing.

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Maybe you should focus more on words like "constitutional amendment" and "supermajority" instead of fads-of-the-day like "post-truth".
14) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1833744)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Alex Storey
And in their (the politicians of both parties) obsession to game that number half of America ended making less than 30k a year.

It doesn't matter if there's ZERO unemployment.*

What matters is a teacher in San Fran can't afford to live in San Fran.


*It used to. Not anymore.
15) Message boards : Politics : Cry Babies On Da Streets of COASTAL America. Not MIDDLE America, where REAL AMERICANS Live. (Message 1833664)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Alex Storey
Well - to be fair - all the experts DID say it was going to be a... landslide.

;)
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thanksgiving Prep!!! (Message 1833552)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
[quoting myself]

I'm from Steve's school of cooking so normally I'd have the Turkey slow-smoking with Apple wood-chips on the Charcoal BBQ by now (It's almost 10 o'clock in the morning over here).

But tomorrow is my Mom's 80th Birthday and it's going to be a big shindig so we are delaying Thanksgiving for... Friday night! I'll still get to fire up the BBQ but since my Mother is in charge (and has been prepping for 3 days already) she's in charge of the menu and has put me in charge of making the Thanksgiving... ribs! :D

Ribs don't exist in Greece and she wants to show them off to all her friends :)

I'll try and grab a few photos.


OK well here's the prep :)



Like I said, ribs don't really exist in Greece so this cut is almost 10 pounds of meat! And about 50cm :) I had to slightly squeeze it onto my 22" grill.
I'm guessing it's the Spare Ribs & Rib Tips sans the Baby Backs, plus no meat shaved off the bones.

Prep was just a bit of meat-trimming, some paprika, garlic granules, and Aleppo chili flakes the day before. Salt, brown sugar, milled black pepper, and a little cumin right before grilling. Here's what it looked like after ~8hrs on the Weber Kettle:

(Not photogenic and out-of-focus to boot... but it's a good thing I can't post their smell :)



Anyone else take any Thanksgiving pics?
And again, no-one brines their bird?
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Missing Persons Bureau (a.k.a. The Mother Hens Thread) (Message 1833546)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Anyone know if Aussie Glenn* is OK?

He didn't show up over in politics during US elections :(

*[Darth Beaver]
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I've got a bun in the oven! (Message 1833292)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Oh aaalright... if you insist. It's not like I want to spam this thread with photos or anything ;)





I know, I know... she's her mother's daughter.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I've got a bun in the oven! (Message 1833238)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
This thread lost half its mojo with Ian passing...

Marie, I don't know if you are reading this but I must say... I turned off my computer and started sobbing after I posted in the other thread. Maybe that sounds corny coming from a random person on the internet but that's the thing... I'm not a "sobber". I just had no idea he was ill and he was always so nice to me.

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So daddy considered it his duty to start introducing his little pumpkin to some music. And I thought, "Why not get started with the best female album of all time?".

So for months now we've been feeling the earth move under our feet, that it's too late baby it's too late, that we have to get up every morning with a smile on our face and show the world all the love in our heart, that we are as beautiful as we feel, that winter-spring-summer-or-fall all we have to do is call, that we will still love each-other tomorrow, and best of all:

That we feel like natural women!

We also seem to really like Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence LP and Bob Marley's Exodus. But a couple of days ago Maria and I started singing & dancing in front of her and she loved it! So daddy thought we'd try out something a bit more fun on the record player - I Wanna Be Sedated by the Ramones. I've never seen her so ecstatic!

Daphne is a punk rocker! :D
20) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead too... (Message 1833064)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
... and today in our series of "More good news for the UK, more bad news for the EZ" we have two whoppers for ya!

Experts get it wrong for the "umpteenth time" (sorry Snark, pun intended)*. Humanity considers falling back on prediction makers with a better track record. Astrology is the clear favorite for now, though some in the UK are convinced tea-leaves are in for a comeback!

Very serious people get UK predictions wrong. Again.
IMF and the OECD in talks of merger. New megacorp referred to as Chicken Little internally.

"Osborne’s belief that voters would be swayed by fears of recession meant Lagarde and Gurría popped up regularly during the campaign. In the event, the plan did not work. Those who voted to leave the EU appeared sceptical about the forecasts produced by the IMF and the OECD – and those from the Treasury and the Bank of England, for that matter."

Very serious people get EZ predictions wrong. Again.
The European elite have developed a death wish

"So Fillon v Le Pen is not “good news for Europe”. Neither is Juncker’s promise to double down on all the mistakes that led us here; nor the IMF’s insistence that Greece should destroy its democracy some more; nor Renzi’s decision to play shit or bust with the Italian banking system."


*WK, where art thou?


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