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  1. Are police unions somehow their own entity when discussing unions as a whole? Like, aren’t unions a good thing for the worker? It just seems to me like police unions are so corrupt, but I don’t really see that from other industry unions. Can anyone explain why police unions are different? Or am i missing something?

  2. Police aren't workers - not members of the working class. They're enforcers, kept by the rich to protect property and prevent the working class from seizing and redistributing their stolen labor. That's why.

  3. There was no discussion of the movement to abolish tipping and make wages between BOH and FOH more equitable.

  4. I own & operate a small restaurant with my husband and a small, close staff. I almost didn't listen to this episode, and kind of wish I hadn't. There was no effort to dig deeper into any of the movements to improve conditions, no mention of owner-operators, no input from anyone in the industry. The whole conversation felt very dismissive and shallow, I really expected better from these guys. One of the first episodes to make me think that maybe daily is too often, if there will be more of this sort of content. I subscribe to learn and be entertained in that order, not to hear a bunch of people talk out of their necks about something they have just admitted to having no relevant experience with.

  5. I really wonder what a world without restaurants looks like.

  6. Street food and urban communal eateries have been around since at least early Rome, so I don't think that aspect is going away - when open flame is the only way to heat food, it is profoundly dangerous to cook in an urban apartment building, so most people ate out for most meals in many times & places in history. It's superbly wasteful of human effort for each family in a dense neighborhood to plan, prepare, and cook each meal for only themselves - particularly so in an environment where energy resources are significantly more scarce than the present. Bakeries, in the form of a family whose community role is to maintain a large wood-fired common oven and manage the rotation of the entire community's bread through it at the proper time & temperature, have been around for literally thousands of years, in about every culture where risen grain breads are a thing.

  7. Definitely not food-safe plastic. Gonna be off gassing and leaching all kinds of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

  8. I've always liked the analogy of Libertarians as indoor housecats - completely convinced of their own independence from a system they are 100% reliant on for everything in their lives.

  9. The entire right wing and everyone over 55 needs a good acid/ayahuasca/mdma/shrooms trip at some point. Our politics would flip so fast

  10. No one should be considered a full adult until they've experienced ego death at least once.

  11. right!! go do this shit in the boonies like a civilized person.

  12. We don't want them in the boonies either. They wreak havoc on birds, nocturnal wildlife, dogs, horses, veterans, and everyone who lives out here because it's quiet. Keep that shit on the cul-de-sac.

  13. I live in said boonies and can confirm. The closest fireworks we heard (saw none) were probably over a mile away. Plus…have you ever smelled scared cow. It is not pleasant.

  14. Someone in our town lost one of their horses last year, their new neighbors didn't tell them they were doing a HUGE firework display on the 3rd and it spooked the horses out of their paddock at night. One of them broke a leg bolting through the woods, very sad. Someone a few years ago that was staying in an AirBnB locally lost their dog and ended up staying in the area for a full month searching before their poor lost pup showed up something like 40 miles away, half-starved and covered in porcupine quills.

  15. I really want to get into quilting. I’ve started, but it’s something I can’t really keep up with. For me, I wanted to quilt because it has such a rich history and there’s a version of it everywhere in the world. You have histories with indigenous Americans, African Americans, and with other cultures. For example, I’m Indian, and I learned that there is a quilting style that uses old saris. I used to think quilting wasn’t an Indian thing until I learned that.

  16. Yes! Visibility in crafts is such a thing for me. Every culture that makes cloth to cover their bodies with has some traditions around using up bits of scraps & worn-out clothes, usually some kind of quilting. Sari quilts, Japanese Boro mending, etc. There are SO MANY amazing, beautiful, creative fiber traditions in the world and what do we get in the US? Another Susan From Arkansas with her red, white, & blue flag patchwork.

  17. Replying to my post to add: One of the pepole who started quilting in the 1970s was Liz Porter who was a founder of the Fons and Porter quilting business. Her daughter is U.S. Representative Katie Porter so it wasn’t all bad.

  18. And here's me over here thinking I couldn't possibly be a bigger stan for Katie Porter.

  19. To be fair, American slaves weren’t freed through direct action, either. The slave rebellions are basically footnotes to the Emancipation Proclamation.

  20. If you enjoy this book, go run for your local Planning & Zoning Board (or whatever your town calls it.) They're usually volunteer-based and holy balls are they desperate for people who a) give a shit and b) aren't developers. I've both learned and taught a great deal on my local one, which I was elected to as a sole candidate and the first person in nearly 10 years who didn't have to be begged to run.

  21. My daughter and I match at least a little fairly often (our whole family does) but mostly it's a result of me making a lot of our clothes. I'll buy 10 yards of deeply discounted jersey and end up with a few shirts for my husband, a few for me & the little, and maybe leggings or a dress for her or I out of it, that are all the same fabric. Then I also save my small scraps for quilting, headbands, zip bags and other small projects so it's not uncommon to see the same fabrics pop up all over the place in our lives.

  22. That's amazing! I bet any recipe meant for a haybox cooker or bean-hole type underground cooking would work pretty well. Oatmeal for a crowd, too! If you decide not to keep it, any Amish folks near you would probably love to have it!

  23. Try seeing it in West Virginia. The irony of flying the traitor flag in a state that broke off from Virginia to fight AGAINST the Confederacy is evidently lost on these clowns.

  24. Plenty of farms doing this in Maine already, especially with the wild blueberries that are low-growing and shade loving, and also with sheep who graze under the panels and appreciate the shade they provide (while also negating the need to mow or brush hog around the panels for access.)

  25. Well considering modern day Christian’s in America don’t actively go out and do these things or promote them anymore, I’d argue that there has been at least some reform.

  26. .....have you been living under a rock? Catholic pedophile priest scandals, the Southern Baptist Convention covering up over 700 pedophile pastors, and all those megachurch preachers in Texas saying on live TV that we need to "line the gays up against the wall and shoot them all in the head!" (Yes, that's a direct quote.)

  27. I don't understand why the US has such lax laws when it come to exotic animals. It's fucked. Especially considering the potential for invasiveness. Don't even get my started on people owning tigers etc..

  28. There are more tigers in Texas than there are left in the wild. Come the collapse, there are going to be some interesting ecosystems shaking out of this mess.

  29. I heard that the biggest reason for higher captive populations is because the wild populations aren’t doing so well. There was even a species of antelope that only survived extinction because there were tons of them being bred on exotic ranches in Texas.

  30. Meh, that may be a fringe benefit, but the real reason is the exotic pet trade. We all saw Tiger King, right?

  31. It's not explicit in the article - which is a summary of the research - but the obvious implication here is that Covid becomes an indefinite, rolling, REPEATING catastrophe that, as it mutates and adapts, causes population-level cognitive damage that materially impairs humanity's ability to deal with it. Boom.

  32. Reminds me of the short story "Speech Sounds" by Octavia Butler. Much more terrifying pandemic story than The Stand.

  33. This looks so old and seems like so long ago. Ruby Bridges is only 67…

  34. The people in this picture are still alive, and the red-state outcry against "CRT in schools" is them trying to prevent their grandchildren from learning that this is them. This is not ancient history.

  35. You clearly haven’t read the curriculum for CRT. It involves talking about ‘White Privilege’ ‘Toxic Masculinity’ and the belief that white people naturally have scents of racism in them. Believe it or not, the government and the educational system tend to push their own narratives and ideas rather than the truth. Now I expect you all to downvote me, for saying the basic truth, the Government doesn’t want to tell the truth. So cry harder for them to take your guns. You people need to stop liking the government and all it’s ideas, the only drop of credibility you lot have left will go if you keep sucking up to the narrative that the government wants to teach history as it happened. And you wonder why over 1,000,000 voters switched to the GOP since May last year. They must all be racist. And you wonder why Trump gained millions of votes in his 2020 election, they must all be racist.

  36. Serious question: would you rather live in Saudi Arabia?

  37. My parents lived there for a while, actually, and had a rather nice time. Of course, they lived on one of the "American compounds" and once when my mother left in an ankle-length skirt to go to the market, she was beaten by the religious police until she returned to the compound because her skirt was too short. So no, I wouldn't rather live in SA. But recent decisions by the SC and continual statements from the GOP (have you read their recently-released state platforms?!) lead me to the conclusion that they would.

  38. She always spoke well of the experience, except for that one incident. Life was pretty good on the air-conditioned tennis-and-golf compounds of the international oil elite, and it was easy to forget the tyranny outside the walls. My dad was with an NGO, but they still benefited from the infrastructure quite a bit, and SA at that time was working very hard to woo Western investment. Her experience and recollection of it were an instructive lesson to me on how much personal comfort can help people rationalize the extreme suffering that enables their lifestyle - as long as it happens out of sight and to somebody else.

  39. There are so many stores and coffee shops, etc., with the weirdest hours around here. It’s like, you don’t open until 8am? But you are a coffee shop…do you not want a morning rush? You know, for business? What the heck…

  40. When we first opened our coffee shop/breakfast Cafe, we opened at 6am, and did so for a year. Several days a week, I wouldn't see a single living soul until after 8, even advertising the hell out of our early hours. After a certain point, it just wasn't worth it. We open at 7 now, and are still pretty slow for that first hour - we don't get even a little busy until 8:30-9. My hours are a response to the market, not a pre-emptive strike.

  41. Are you more of a sit down place or a coffee shop? Do you have a drive through? Are you on the way to where most people commute? (Ie: close to an on ramp?). I’m just curious. The later hours for coffee shops has been weird to me since I have moved here.

  42. Sit down for full breakfast, but we do a brisk walk-in to-go business in the mornings with house-made pastry & espresso. No drive through, but we're right on Route 1 with easy street parking.

  43. Who wants to bet his daughters and neices wish they were allowed to have locks on their bedroom doors?

  44. I briefly entertained the idea of going to college abroad back when I was in college decades ago... and then doing everything I could to never come home again.

  45. Yeah, as much as I love my husband and my daughter, I'm looking longingly back at that chance I once had to study abroad in New Zealand.

  46. Insulin like 20 dollars to manufacture but don’t they sell it for 500 a month

  47. Not only does it cost pennies to manufacture, but the doctor who discovered it released the process with no patent because previous to insulin, the only treatment for Type 1 diabetes was literally starvation, which wasn't so much a treatment as a way to marginally and miserably prolong the very painful lives of very sick children. Insulin is the closest thing to a true Miracle Cure that western medicine has ever come up with, and they're fucking profiteering off of something that was explicitly intended by its creator to be as close to free as possible.

  48. There are too many middlemen in society. One person pays another who pays another who pays another etc… So many companies find ways to make money while adding zero value to society.

  49. One of my major radicalizing moments regarding capitalism was listening to an interview with Warren Buffet where he said he doesn't make money by supporting companies who provide a service, or make a product that fills a need. He makes money by finding a place where money is already flowing between producers and consumers, and figuring out how to insert another business to take a cut of the existing flow.

  50. Pulled mine out of a junk heap! Replaced a few easy parts, cleaned the hell out of it, and it's now my daily driver. Seriously great machines.

  51. SRA is active in Maine. Reach out to them on the official Maine SRA twitter account.

  52. Only in the places that have enough population density to be worth their time. The rest of us will either shop online or do without.

  53. Friday. Lots of dentists booked out into fall & winter already, so find one and make an appointment now.

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