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2. Seems incomplete without a discussion of char kway teow given the role it played providing high calorie diets to workers building the city.

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1. Well, Cowen has his restaurant blog (dining guide), so why shouldn't his good friend McArdle do him one better by having a kitchen/cooking blog. I've often wondered if Cowen can cook, or only eat. I ask because my father was a chef, and whenever we ate at a new (for us) restaurant, he would end up in the kitchen sharing recipes with the chef. Does Cowen share recipes with the chef?

“I’ll have a double shot espresso,” the man said.
“For here?” Beth said.
“To go,” he said.
She started making the espresso, flipping her hands and brushing her face as if a flamingo.
“When you’re walking home,” Jonathon said.
“Yes, right." She placed a finger on her lip. “I see the models, their cheeks are still fresh, but they walk slumped. The electricians are brooding under their hoods” She placed the cardboard cup on the bar and pushed the two dollars of the change in her hand. “Do I sound like a dilettante?”
“More like a fur trader,” the man said.
The dog had one brown eye and one blue eye, both almond shaped. It had set its gaze upon Jonathon, who felt unnerved by the lack of question mark, though the dog shared with Beth a dark beauty, and now lowered its nose and sat on its hind legs.

2. Well, that is a deceptive headline. Basically, Kodak noticed that X-ray film using packaging manufactured at two plants in a a relatively narrow time window had problems. As noted in the article - 'While it is unclear whether Webb knew about the Trinity test when he was conducting his research in 1945 ...'

If you finished the article you would find that Kodak sued the government and was given notification of future tests so they could arrange manufacturing. They also found the source of the radioactivity to be the water used in the manufacturing process.

That was after 1945, which if you had finished cited text you would have known, - that is, a Kodak employee noticed and detailed an effect in 1945, but did not (apparently) know that he had actually discovered the first detonation of a nuclear weapon.

5: I wonder what percentage of the world's literate population are considered to be competent in the most popular language globally? Right now I think that is about 1/6 for both Mandarin and English. What about in 100 years? Probably a bigger share for those two through adoption, but maybe more organic growth in Hindi/Urdu?

The world needed a default language for intercommunication. English's global footprint, and inherent flexibility, made it the strongest recent contender. So maybe these stories are bumps along that road. But we were also told that automatic translation by AI would make that unnecessary. The growth of global English and AI are in a bit of a race condition. "Do I need to learn English or will my phone just translate?"

I hadn't realized there was this "there aren't words" problem. Maybe that tips back towards English, at least for local languages without a developed technology base.

If anyone said AI would eliminate the need for a lingua Franca then that person is an idiot.

Work and business is fundamentally relationship dependent. That necessitates a common shared language. Anyone who’s worked extensively through translators will tell you the same thing.

4. The Children's Crusade begins.

Go long on Lasik clinics.

Children--especially sanctimonious ones--should be seen and not heard.

And Greta has been seen much too much.

The FT has become little more than a guidebook to the Davos consensus. Today's lesson - the natural wisdom of (carefully selected and manipulated) children.


Perfect. When they crash through our borders over the coming decades they will be accustomed to gorging out of the public trough.

Then they will be Democrats.

Hey, did you actually read the article or the click bait headline?

And speaking of always the victim, worthless, always complaining for more welfare babies: How does Israel afford universal healthcare, world class tourism spots, and the ability launch a country prestige moon probe but still relies on billions of US taxpayer dollars each year?

They don't actually rely on it. They take it because we give it, almost entirely for defense against a bunch of nasty characters called Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel is now a rich country and can afford to defend itself.

And to bulldoze some 3rd world Palestinians for lebensraum...

1. I propose a little JavaScript work for all these "cooking" sites. Do you want story-first or recipe-first? Make it a user option.

On the cooking topic, I find the sous vide very nice for thick pork chops, convenient for chicken thighs. Less critical for a good steak. And Bluetooth is not the gee-gaw I expected. It makes set up very fast.

A well seasoned cast iron pan for finishing is a joy.

That's one of the reasons why I like There's almost always a pair of articles, one is the recipe and one is the story behind the recipe (which I usually skip).

6. It's kind of funny how the Economist marvels over the fact that the African states setting up welfare programs are poorer than the welfare states of today were when they went down that road. What makes them so generous?

Ah - "Fully 90% of the cost of Tanzania’s programme is funded by donors such as the World Bank and the British and Swedish governments."

So this would appear to be the government of Sweden deciding that in addition to providing money to poor Swedes, it should branch out into giving money to poor Africans too. Tanzania's role in the process is to say "yes, we are willing to take your free money".

Hopefully, when the sh*t hits the fan they will migrate to Britain and Sweden to express their gratitude.

Thank God for the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

One day the world will open its eyes and see Sweden for the hellhole it truly is. Collecting 49.8% of GDP as tax revenue is slavery. Thank god the United States only collects 27%. That's what freedom looks like, beaches!

However, Switzerland only collects 28.5% of GDP as taxes. We should consider bombing them to preserve out lead.

Yevgeny Kafelnikov is in a lot of ways the precursor to Novak Djokovic. He hit down the line, and he hit the lines. Of course he coached Marat Safin, who was in a lot of ways the precursor to Novak Djokovic. Kafelnikov wasn't Michael Change, and his forehand broke down but in 1999 he became the first Russian to win the Australian Open, which is saying something because he beat Jim Courier and Tommy Haas.

I had to look up what the Australian Open was. It sounds like a the name of a Darwin brothel. I see that it's a tennis match. Of course Yevgeny Kafelnikov was only able to achieve what he did because Russia only collects 19.5% of GDP as tax. If he had been Swedish his vital essences would have been too drained. Unless of course he had been a lesbian.

Method alone must guide 'em all!

Do you wish to bring back a man who is mortal, one long since
doomed by his destiny, from ill-sounding death and release him?
Do it, then; but not all the rest of us gods shall approve you

Shame on Common Dreams for exploiting a frightened little handicapped girl to elicit donations.

Double shame on the global warming alarmists for frightening this poor little thing.

Selective mutism (SM) is described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth edition (DSM-IV) and Fifth edition (DSM-5) as a rare anxiety disorder, characterized by a consistent failure to speak in specific social situations in which there is an expectation of speaking, despite speaking in other situations.


Related conditions likely. The sudden shock that one lives in a world of nut cakes is the basic condition. Like having to deal with the county system and finding it run by nut cakes. The, suddenly one day, we all put our counties in charge of our medical industry. A sure fire shock leading to autism and mutism. I had the condition, it was always:

'Are you guys nuts? Have you ever dealt with county?! And you want county in charge of what?!, Ar you nuts". The individual goes into shock, leading to long term autism, mutism, and sever libertarianism.

Matt, you always seem like you are the penultimate authority on everything? Are you a licensed mental health professional to opine with such professed authority on both conditions of autism, mutism and the social implications therein?

Better selective mutism than selective mutilation:

AKA Transabled!

Australia suffered a massive surge in Conversion Disorder from 1915-1917.

We suspect the proximate cause was environmental.

Poor Megan needs an outlet to get away from her moronic commenters at WaPo

You obviously meant "her moronic articles at WaPo" but we'll let it slide.

Does the world need yet-another lefty pretending to be a moderate just because she occasionally does not fully agree with the Krugtard? I think not. Off to your kitchen blogging, little girl.

It always amuses me that there is a horde of idiots accusing her of being a thinly disguised progressive, and yet another horde of idiots accusing her of being a thinly disguised Trump supporter and shill for Koch Industries.

I always wonder what adherents of one camp think when they read the comments of adherents of the other.

Happy belated birthday to James Hong! He said Cartwright!

4. I guess those common dreams can't be shared with the gilets jaunes. Those people are a little too common, no?

4. Greta Thunberg. And her FT profile.

As a key part of the talk, Thunberg describes how at the age of eleven, several years after learning about the concept of climate change for the first time, she fell into a depression and became ill. "I stopped talking. I stopped eating," she explains. "In two months, I lost about ten kilos of weight. Later on I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, OCD, and selective mutism—that basically means I only speak when I think it's necessary."


I took one trip to the county clerk office and got the same disease. We call it,' Government does what!!'. Afflicts libertarians especially.

1. Oooh, an intellectual who can cook. I might fall in love. (My wife might not like it.)

1: In her recipe for short ribs braised with mushrooms she adds the flour after deglazing the pan with cognac.

I prefer to add flour before deglazing; the flour will mix with the fat and oil forming a roux, and it will cook a little. When I add the flour directly to the liquid, lumps are more likely to form.

2: What would be the history of the USA in ten dishes?

Or if the USA is too large, the history of New England or New York or Chicago in ten dishes? Or Seattle, but I'm not sure if there's enough distinctive culinary history and culture there to result in 10 dishes ... goeduck, Frango mints, and ... I'm running out of ideas. The WA legislature came to an impasse arguing over whether Aplets and Cotlets or Almond Roca should be the official state candy. A lot of places serve "Northwest chowder" but it's usually just New England clam chowder with salmon or halibut or local clams to give it local ingredients.

donors such as the World Bank

Are you sure about the "donor" part? I don't doubt the WB has a tentacle or two in this but the WB is a bank and banks get paid back.

Is this a revenue-generating move for Megan? or an indication of a future career pivot?

#1 Megan's blog is not new. And it's not really interesting to anyone who knows cooking, and it's updated very rarely with no consistent theme.

Self-knowledge is hard. Where Megan once had an enormous competitive advantage was in her annual list of kitchen gadgets. It had no competition that I knew, and I bought almost everything new in it every year. For me it was transformative. Apparently WaPo did not want her to compete with something else in the paper. It is a tragic loss.

If you click on gadgets one her blog, the one way open to her to benefit the world, it is empty.

Megan needs to return to her area of excellence, and start recommending gadgets again.

I will. The reason I didn't this year was that a combination of a new job, a kitchen renovation, and a series of family health crises left me without the twenty or so hours that the annual kitchen gift guide normally takes to put together.

However, while I'm sorry you don't like my food writing, a number of my readers do, and when the Post wasn't interested, I told them I'd try to post recipes from time to time on a private site. Not everything is for everyone!

Oh, Megan, please don't take what I said the wrong way. I'm a big fan of all of your writing. I often just google to see your latest musings.

But your kitchen gear guide is life transformative.

Last night I cooked for the second time after a long illness from the Thermomix Cookidoo web portal en français. A tagliolini dish that was just the Frenchification of pasta (soso) and my first Thermomix salad, Salade d'oeufs pochés, that was a revelation and will lead to a long list of future salades that have already entered our pipeline. This morning my contemplation was of what technique is best for the strawberry huller, and how sous vide eggs at 167F for 13 minutes have the consistency of fine custard.

Perhaps I am too great a fan of your gear list. After all, detachment leads us to the Kingdom. But hearing that you will bring it back has definitely brightened my day.

5. The British have been doing it for centuries.

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