Monday, January 21, 2019

Monday's Child is Full of Links




1.  Community policing.

2.  Have the Dems gone from 7 Dwarves to 20 Smurfs? And even if they have, that still may be better than 1 Gargamel. Though Trump seems to me more like Dr. Robotnik. The question is this: Who is Snively, McConnell or Pence?

3. A pretty good description of why the Dems are going to lose the 2020 Pres election, and they just don't care. In fact, the idiot who wrote this doesn't even know.  They all just have a bunch of demands.

4. Down the fracking hole.


5.   Jeremy Corbyn finds that it's hard out here for a wimp.

6.  I missed 9 of 43. Can you do better? It's not easy.

7.  Don't understand how a suicide bomb attack means we have to keep troops in Syria.  Don't know why we are there at all. Without U.S. involvement, there would BE no ISIS in the first place. I don't mean the Iranian canard; I just mean conditions.  We always get it wrong, and make things worse. Stop doing that.

8.  Weaponized Interdependence.

9. Is it getting harder to inluence the Fed?  You have to recognize that Congress could still do it.  And if it wants to, it can.

10.  JBJ Soul Kitchen: Livin' on a prayer.

11.  "All your base are belong to us."  Original video source, here's description.

12.  Piece of evidence #39,671 that journalists don't understand transaction costs: Ugly food is "wasted" because it will be damaged or not survive shipping

13. Aaron Sorkin pretty much tells everyone under 30 to get off his lawn.  Just another grouchy old guy.

14. Back to the caves.

15.  What was Rudy G thinking?

Grand Lagniappe:   This image is a Rorschach for our age.  I think it is one of the creepiest things I've ever seen. When I said this on twitter, a lot of people protested the young man was "provoked." But that's beside the point. Whatever else is true, this image, by itself and without context, is chilling and will be famous.  However, it turns out that the entire video tells a MUCH different story. A watershed moment: you see an image, you see the story someone else has attached to it, and you share, both the photo and emotional reaction. But there is no reason to believe the image tells the whole story, or that your outrage is justified. Here is Nick Sandmann's statement, if you haven't seen it already, about the context for the photo.UPDATE: From WaPo.






Sunday, January 20, 2019

Cold Today, Hot Tamales

Working on the menu for B-camp, in May, at Park City.

My previous efforts at meso-American cuisine have been okay, but my attempts to make tamales have been dismal.  Made them again over the past two days (prep time not that much, but quite a lot of time between steps).  And, delightful.  Really tasty.

Below: Still enhusked, in the steamer, and unwrapped and sauced.






















They were great, among the best I've ever had (though I have usually only had tamales in restaurants, and those "Mexican" restaurants may not be very good, since they are mostly for gringos, rather than meso-Americanos verdaderos).

The innovation (for me; this may be common among home-made recipes, and I just don't know it) (UPDATE: Clearly a part of Mexcian-Jewish fusion recipes!!) was to use the chicken fat--of which there was plenty after boiling down 4 pounds of bone-in, skin-on thighs--instead of lard. Lard is fine, I don't object to it, but schmaltz is both delicious and (in this case) free and immediately available.

Recipe (if you can call it that) for dough:  1 unit masa, 1/3 unit schmaltz, 1/2 unit (or so, have to feel it) of reserved liquid to boil down chicken), plus baking powder and salt.  This scales, so an example might be 3 cups masa, 1 cup schmaltz, 1 1/2 cups liquid, one tablespoon baking powder and one tablespoon salt.

Chill the schmaltz, whisk together dry ingredients. Mix schmaltz into dry ingredients with fingers (think biscuit dough).  Should look like pebbles, pretty dry. Add liquid a little at a time, until you get the right consistency.  Work it a bit and then let it sit five minutes, then fabricate in the usual way. Don't over fill the dough on the corn husk, it's just a flavoring. This dough stands on its own well, moist and a little bit fluffy, not as heavy and greasy as one usually gets in restaurants.

(UPDATE: "real" Mexican sauces are much thinner and lighter than American chunky salsas. This one was great for tamales: three tomatillos, half an onion, and three roma tomatoes, roasted under broiler for a few minutes, then run in a blender with some comino and half a cup (!) of Tapatio. Yes, I know that Tapatio is made in California.  I love Tapatio, and it is much hotter and has less salt than comparable cheap American hot sauces.  You can get a quart of Tapatio for under $4, and the particular flavor is perfect, for me at least, for tamales.)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links




1.  Angus Deaton: The U.S. system encourages rent-seeking.

2.  World's Oldest Restaurants.  Sort of puts those "Since 1979" signs in perspective.

3. The Year in Search.

4. End of year columns from two Daves, Collum and Barry. (tl;dr--It boofed)

5.  Books are hot.

6.  Oreos are NOT vegan. Suppose you see someone who is vegan eating because there is a myth that Oreos are vegan. You are not vegan.  Should you tell them?

7. Increasingly interesting question: If you own a vehicle/appliance/phone/computer, can you repair or modify it? What really do you own?  Article 1. And Article 2. And Article 3.  On the other hand, some things survive unchanged for a long time, until we aren't sure of their actual origin.

8.  BP makes a claim that is classic "broken window fallacy."

9.  Anarchapulco. In which my man JT appears to be having some kind of ecstatic experience.

10.  The Graham-Paul war for Trump's brain. Even tiny territories can be hard to control, it seems.

11. Booze-monks.

12.  Foreign wars morph into domestic control.

13.  EN-B makes a good point. The only reason Louis C-K is "out there being heard" is that you folks are giving him a platform. You can't think that the people who heard the set didn't know the content of the set. All you are doing is advertising for the man.  And, sure, signalling your virtue to the tiny bubble of like-minded censorious cretins you hope to gain approval from.

14. A nice history of Westerly, hometown of the LMM. 

15.  Titania McGrath is back!  Most excellent.

Grand Lagniappe: 2018--the Year We Lost Hope


Okay, seriously, the real GL:

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links


 1.  Right to repair, explained (with thanks to Mr. Overwater).  Should these kinds of contracts be legal? You don't have to buy the product, after all.  Old issue of "tying," of course. Here are the "2018 highlights" for right to repair.

2.  I have no idea how much, if any, of this is real. Please help. In addition to all the other strangeness, the notion of a "vegan condom" has me staring out the window. What the.... (Did some checking. Goodness.)

3.  It's not really fair to blame the USPS for its inability to fund the lavish retirement bennies Congress promised employees.  That should be covered separately. But as it stands, they goin' down. 

4. Pretty impressive to get all natural and go kick down some Xmas decorations. Especially in Wisconsin. Pretty cold for nekkid decoration kicking.

5. Had never seen this. PBS did a Gordon Tullock video. On voting. Called Voting Schmoting.

6. Will transaction costs reduction spell the end of brick-and-mortar retail?

7.  Year of the Old Boys.

8.  Bannon goes full "Bond Villain." In a castle.

9.  Titanoboa.

10.  Home Alone, 2018 update.

Grand Lagniappe: Remy thinks it's beginning to look a lot like Christams....





Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links




1.  Making people valuable again.  Why, oh why, do so many folks fetishize jobs?  If stuff is almost free, they think that's a bad thing because there are fewer jobs.  And the jobs pay less.

2. Amar Bhide on the 2% solution.

3.  It is unacceptable to display the swastika; should the hammer and sickle be treated that way, too?

4.  He din' go out like a punk.  Brothel owner dies after major birthday party, still wins election, in Nevada.

5.  Angus is always a fan of "divided government." Because divided they bicker, rather than do stupid stuff.

6. Kim Davis is out.

7.  Toy library: sharing is apping.

8.  Classical liberalism and the problem of class.  My review of Hart, et al.

9.  Much of U.S. "aid" in Latin America is really a prop to thuggish dictators.  To paraphrase Ted Williams, "If you can't do do much good, you shouldn't do so much."

10.  Spoon Theory. And More. The original post.

11.  Florida Man, on midterms.

12. Promotion in Econ: Tyranny of the Top Five.

13. Tillman's wife, on "What Pat Would Have Thought."

14.  There was this. (about 1:00 for the Crenshaw part). And then this is pretty interesting.  Whole thing worth watching, but the part at 2:20 is quite funny. Some background.

15. In his own way, Woody-Wil was the Trump of his era. Only with extra eugenics.

16.  Charlottesville, with hindsight.

17. Peanut flavored.....IPA

18. Troubling truffles are not to be trifled with.

19.  Soon the meme will be "Google Trump," a frothy mix of...... (I mean if the Santorum can critique on likeability, and be right, it's only a matter of time).

20. It's actually true that it's hard to be poor in DC.  It's true. Yes, she has some money coming in soon, but it's a mistake to mock someone who is critiquing the DC housing market.

Grand Lagniappe:  "Hakuna THIS matata, you marsupial!"



Monday, November 05, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!



1.  Stolen Colon.

2.  Rob Reiner posts Carl Reiner.

3.  Charlotte police respond to suspicious package call. What they found was terrifying.

4.  Innovation in education: Nairobi.

5. Rehnquist proposed to Sandy D after law school.  Wow.

6.  Sausage party, Mom presses charges.

7.  Toothy.

8.  Teaching reading.

9.  "Wuv....TRUE wuv...." A man and his pint.

10.  The next Arab uprising.

11.  For a while Krugman was always right, in my view. Then he became a shill for the Dems, and was always silly and over-simpliied. Then he was occasionally right, though ridiculous. And now he's pretty much always right again. As here.

12.  Lost baggage handler.

13. What could possibly go wrong with having armed paramilitary groups running around at night with guns at the border?  I guess we'll find out.

14.  Promethea Unbound.

15.  The rarely seen behavior of an actual Canadian being born.  Very cute little guy.

16.  To be fair, I doubt the dog is "pretending to be" a stray. It IS in fact, a stray, for the few minutes required to achieve the desired objective.

17. Violence and immigration.

18.  I'm not worried because it's offensive. I'm not not easily offended. But how could they have thought this was funny?

19.  Leave the driving to Uber.

20.  I have a prediction:  This video is the MOST AWESOME thing that Angus will see this week.  It was made for him, I think. Or for his sense of humor.  To do this unironically, for applause? It's almost as good as this



Grand Lagniappe:  I was once a Republican. Because Republicans once said things like this.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!



1.  The American ideal of swift justice.

2.  Ashes, ashes, we all...go to the Haunted Mansion.

3. What do "chief diversity officers" actually DO?

4. Social credit system. It's only a matter of time. Bringing the chains back to blockchain.

5. So, the old rule was "don't run, don't lie, and don't be a jerk" when dealing with police. I guess we should add, "Don't lean up on one cheek and fart real loudly, and repeatedly."  And then there's Chris Rock's view of the matter.

6.  Oh......oh, my, no.

7.  Facebook ads: the bot may need some work.

8.  A "corpse flower." Named Morphy. Last time it bloomed, it looked like this. Hard to imagine what it smelled like.

9.  National Anthem, unplugged.

10.  That one personality trait...

11.  Trade wars are bad, and hard to win.

12.  The strain of xenophobia in the electorate has always been an important part of American politics. But it has rarely been enabled by a sitting President. Woodrow Wilson in the 1910's, and FDR against Japanese-Americans, yes. But this is remarkable.

13. Mike Pence changed the world, while we all tried to kill each other.

14.  Lou Dobbs? I have never admired the guy. But....really?

15. The immigrant caravan is a GOOD thing. Neoliberalism is the future we all want.

16. P-Bett has a new book....

17.  Jonah speaks wisdom.

18.  Lonely man, with a gun.

19.  The costs of patronage: Brit edition

20.  I get to talk with Russ R about Tomorrow.



Grand Lagniappe:  Andy hides behind Chrissy Teigen.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links


1. Is "white liberalism" dying? Probably not, but there is some truth here.

2.  It's holiday time, just around the corner. If you want a sound recovery, buy toys!

3.  Robots. And sex doll brothels. Should robot brothels be illegal?

4.  It was consensual. Then, hours later, she changed her mind, and regretted it. That's not actually assault, though. That's being 19.

5. Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Well, the police do. Florida woman .

6. Him Too, or not Him Too?

7. LeBron on costs of climate change.

8.  We live in an age of wonders. Gecko butt-dialing is a thing. On the other hand, this happened. Fun to see, I suppose.

9.  Toyshare.

10.  Uber, but for voting.

11.  Empirical requirements of the natural rights argument for property.

12. Grandma reads the Wonky Donkey. That's all, just a laughing Grandma. Not everything has to be deep, people. Just skip to about 1:30, and you'll get the idea.

13.  Odd bedfellows...

14.  Play. Return. Repeat.

15.  Spiders.

16.  Our favorite headlines:  "Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw." That's actually the Tennessee version of "Headless Body Found in Topless Bar," folks.

17. Replication policy

18.  Is it a bad sign that "bail bondsman" is one of our most frequent job descriptions in poor neighborhoods?

19.  There are organized, extralegal paramilitary groups roaming the streets in the U.S., completely uncontrolled by the authorities. Because they ARE the authorities.

20. You can wear a special letter, identifying yourself as an ally. Or be an enemy. There is no neutral, middle ground.


Grand Lagniappe: That question, about wild bears? Yes. Yes, they do.


Monday, October 08, 2018

Monday's Child is Full of Links!



1.  We are always on the verge of chaos....

2.  These folks are not conservative, politically. They just think that some leftist academics are fake. And they have some evidence.  Five others extend.

3.  Augur.

4.  Commodities. Easier to handle than investments.

5. A "slump" in dairy is actually a "party" for consumers. There is no guarantee you get a market price that makes your operation profitable. Unless there IS just such a guarantee.

6. If they give us "more" rights like this very often, we won't have any rights left.

7. This man really is an Ass. Dean.

8.  The new NAFTA.

9. Maybe we could use this kind of farcical aquatic ceremony to choose SCOTUS justices. Better than pulling your self out of beer vomit.

10.  The gig economy.

11. Sports has Stephen A. Politics has Michael A.

12.  Burger King Commercial, sort of.

13. Car cow. Has a FB page.

14.  Church wants to stop endorsing "Mormon" nickname. But they are not going to get people to stop saying "LDS." The "real" name is much too long.

15.  If you sleep, and actually WORK for four hours every day, in a focused way, you can be a success.

16. Food at the NC State Fair.

17.  Most important excerpts from RTS.

18.  Drunk birds.

19.  This is substantially true, I'm afraid.

20.  Vibrators. If you want your largely fictional book to sell, just entitle it "The Secret History of...."  As here.  The larger truth.

21. Who's zoomin' who?

22. The U.S. screwed up the "war on drugs" and made things much worse.

23.  Otis. The fat bear

24. 2019 Nobel in Economics: Nordhaus and Romer.  Nice. 

Grand Lagniappe:  At first this seems like it's not worth watching. Then it turns out that it's worth NOT watching. But, still....




If you want something sweet, and less appallingly creepy, then here's a dog lagniappe: