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Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Home country: Canada
Current location: Toronto, Ontario
Member since: Wed Oct 29, 2008, 04:34 PM
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Minestrone recipe!

Don't be daunted by the long ingredients list, this recipe is dead easy (just takes a lot of chopping). With temperatures (finally) dropping to seasonal levels, we're making some hearty soups and stews. This week, hubby wanted to do Minestrone, and we got an armful of great seasonal veggies to toss in, too!

Minestrone is one of those recipes where everyone has their own way to do it. It's super versatile, and incredible customizable. You can replace the spinach with any number of leafy greens (though if you're using kale, chard, or collard greens, you should add it earlier), you can replace the pasta with any number of interesting shapes, or even rice, you can replace the zucchini with squash or pumpkin, you can replace the chick peas with any number of different kinds of beans, you can replace the herbs you're using, and you can replace (or omit!) the cheese on top when you serve!

A very affecting article on allowing the police to march in uniform in Toronto Pride

By Anthony Oliveira: https://www.dailyxtra.com/were-best-friends-arent-we-toronto-police-and-pride-121825

You are a decent, rational, compassionate person. You of course recognize that, the individual foibles and allowances of individual officers aside, the Toronto police have been the historical, habitual and ongoing antagonists of Toronto’s LGBT community.

Perhaps you remember Operation Soap, the malicious bathhouse raids that destroyed people’s lives — and subsequently triggered Toronto’s first Pride march as a passionate anti-police protest. If not, you still know about the decades of harassment and attempts to destroy the village’s institutions like the Glad Day Bookshop. You probably saw the footage of HIV-phobic insults hurled at a homeless person in the village. You likely remember 2016’s Project Marie, which descended on anonymous and closeted men in a park and publicly humiliated them in droves. You certainly saw the cheerful police photo op just a few weeks ago with neo-Nazi mayoral candidate Faith Goldy.

You know about the people we lost while begging the police to do something for decades, though perhaps their names escape you; there are, after all, so many of them: Majeed Kayhan, Selim Esen, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Andrew Kinsman, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Abdulbasir Faizi, Kirushna Kanagaratnam. The decades of grisly cold cases, now reopened, despite the mockery they once gave us for suggesting there was a killer; the blame the police chief tried shifting to us when the killer was caught too late. Alloura Wells, left to rot in a morgue while her community searched everywhere. Tess Richey, left in an alley stairwell for her mother to find.

To demand an abuse victim to stand and smile with their abuser is an act of cruelty and an obscenity contrary to every ethos of restorative justice. Philosopher Hannah Arendt, writing about Christ and the Jewish capacity to forgive their oppressors after the Second World War, noted forgiveness is only possible if and when the perpetrator stands in the victim’s power to be punished if they so choose.

US Rep. Steve King endorses neo-nazi Faith Goldy in Toronto mayoral election

Rep. Steve King (R-Obviously) is endorsing an actual neo-nazi, Faith Goldy, in the Toronto Mayoral election. I'm not going to actually link to Steve King's tweet because fuck that guy:

https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/status/1052558826027868161
Brian Beutler
@brianbeutler
Unusual for a member of the United States Congress to endorse a mayoral candidate in Canada, unless the member of Congress is Steve King, and the mayoral candidate is a neo-Nazi.
@SteveKingIA
US House candidate, IA-4
Faith Goldy, an excellent candidate for Toronto mayor, pro Rule of Law, pro Make Canada Safe Again, pro balanced budget, &...BEST of all, Pro Western Civilization and a fighter for our values. @FaithGoldy will not be silenced.



https://twitter.com/AsteadWesley/status/1052398415194324992
Astead
‏@AsteadWesley
Ppl like Ellison and Obama answered so many questions abt their relationship w/ Louis Farrakhan given his very real anti-semitism. Meanwhile Steve King is ENDORSING A CANDIDATE that, on her vlog, recommends books that call for eliminating “the Jewish menace" and it's just Tuesday

Dear USA: Please keep your old racist white dudes to yourself! -Canada

I know things are tough down there right now (indeed, it's hard not to get super focused on it all the time), but we've got our own problems up here in Canada, and we don't need your racist old dudes to get involved in our politics.

Rep. Steve King (R-Obviously) is endorsing an actual neo-nazi, Faith Goldy, in the Toronto Mayoral election:

https://twitter.com/brianbeutler/status/1052558826027868161
Brian Beutler
@brianbeutler
Unusual for a member of the United States Congress to endorse a mayoral candidate in Canada, unless the member of Congress is Steve King, and the mayoral candidate is a neo-Nazi.
@SteveKingIA
US House candidate, IA-4
Faith Goldy, an excellent candidate for Toronto mayor, pro Rule of Law, pro Make Canada Safe Again, pro balanced budget, &...BEST of all, Pro Western Civilization and a fighter for our values. @FaithGoldy will not be silenced.



https://twitter.com/AsteadWesley/status/1052398415194324992
Astead
‏@AsteadWesley
Ppl like Ellison and Obama answered so many questions abt their relationship w/ Louis Farrakhan given his very real anti-semitism. Meanwhile Steve King is ENDORSING A CANDIDATE that, on her vlog, recommends books that call for eliminating “the Jewish menace" and it's just Tuesday

Potatoes Dauphinoise recipe (sort of)

So, another recipe that's perfect for the run-up to Thanksgiving. Hubby comes from Texas, and he remembers all of the ridiculously sweet dishes that would come out at Thanksgiving. Sweet potato/marshmallow casserole, candied yams, congealed salad. Neither of us has a particular sweet tooth, but one thing we definitely love is RICH! So, here's an alternative to your typical sweet starchy dishes: One that's full of butter and cream! The only thing keeping it from being a traditional dauphinoise recipe is the addition of cheese (which makes it a cross between dauphinoise and gratin).

You can replace the cheese with whatever kind of good melting cheese you like. We used asiago, but a gruyere or emmenthaler would be more traditional. If you want to get super fancy you can top it with something like Comte (so good!). You can also replace the garlic with shallots (which we did for Canadian thanksgiving because my mom can't do garlic).

Creme Anglaise Recipe

So, we went back to basics this week. We made a little Crčme Anglaise to go with the peach pecan turnovers we made last week! A super simple and delicious sauce that goes with lots of different desserts. We've given the very basic recipe here, and it's easy to customize a little with flavourings, booze, whatever you like. Also, if you don't have fresh vanilla beans to steep in the milk, you can use vanilla extract, instead!

Also, thanks again for your support here. We've just passed 700 subscribers on YouTube, which is pretty cool to me Thanks so much for watching, subscribing, liking, and sharing our videos. Sharing is the most important one! If you've got foodie friends, please share our videos with them!

The Times' Trump Expose Is a Compelling Case for Class War

From NYMag here: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/10/the-new-york-times-trump-taxes-wealth-investigation-is-a-compelling-case-for-class-war.html

In the summer of 2012, Barack Obama informed America’s capitalists that they were not the sole authors of their success. “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help,” the president explained. “Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The internet didn’t get invented on its own — government research created the internet so that all the companies could make money off the internet.”

The Republican donor class recoiled in horror at this declaration of “class war.” In fact, Obama’s suggestion that the Mitt Romneys of the world hadn’t built their fortunes off gumption, alone — but rather owed some portion of their wealth to the existence of publicly financed infrastructure, technology, schools, and law enforcement — struck Paul Ryan’s party as so manifestly outrageous and out-of-touch, they made a refutation of it the centerpiece of their national convention.

Four years later, the GOP’s billionaire standard-bearer developed a (characteristically) narcissistic variation on Romney’s mantra, telling crowds, over and over again, “I built what I built myself.” On Monday, the New York Times revealed that this wasn’t just false in the Obamanian, “actually, social institutions made your entrepreneurial triumphs possible” sense, but in a much more literal one: Donald Trump “built what he built” with $413 million of his father’s money — much of which Fred Trump effectively stole from the federal Treasury.

That said, no small amount of the one percent’s wealth is unearned and ill-gotten in the most colloquial, uncontroversial sense. In the 2016 Survey of Consumer Finances, America’s one-percenters reported an average inheritance of $1.47 million. And that figure is based on solely on how much one percenters admit to inheriting — which, if Trump is any guide, is likely orders of magnitude less than they actually inherited. Meanwhile, Trump is hardly the only fat cat in the U.S. who’s been dining out on the Treasury Department’s rightful dimes. Thanks in no small part to the congressional GOP’s tireless efforts to defund the IRS’s enforcement operations, American business owners evade roughly $125 billion in taxes each year — enough revenue to finance, for example, universal public day care and a child allowance large enough to lift 3.2 million American kids out of poverty. And wealthy individuals evade even more. As of 2013, the global superrich were storing between $21 trillion and $32 trillion worth of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, according to a study authored by James Henry, the former chief economist at McKinsey & Co.


Eat the rich!

PUA Roosh V Shutters his gross website when people stop paying attention to him

From We Hunted The Mammoth: http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2018/10/01/roosh-v-gives-up-with-no-one-paying-attention-to-him-any-more-the-pickup-artist-puts-down-his-flagship-website/

Roosh V is having another sad. Just three weeks after Amazon stopped selling nine of his books, the date rape expert, baking enthusiast and former Most Hated Man in the World has decided to shut down his flagship Return of Kings website. In a post on the site today, Roosh announced that

I’m putting ROK on an indefinite hiatus so I can take a break from the daily grind of maintaining the site. I don’t know when the hiatus will end.

The reason? A mixture of deplatforming and nobody giving a shit about him any more.

The first factor for this hiatus is that site revenues are too low. We’ve been banned from Paypal and countless ad partners, which forced me to lay off the site editor last year and also lower payments to regular contributors.

Huh. Apparently deplatforming hate sites works.

I’m sure many of you understand that we are in the early stages of a censorship wave that will sweep through society. Scoundrels like myself get banned first, and then soon the hammer will come down on anyone who dares to share the truth.

Roosh wants us to believe that “censorship” — by which he means getting kicked off of platforms like PayPal for violating their rules on hate speech — is driving him out of business. While it’s certainly true that deplatforming makes life more difficult for hate-speechifiers like Roosh, that’s not why his traffic is down.

No, that slump in traffic is far more likely to be the result of two other factors. The first has nothing to do with Roosh himself: the fact is that traffic has fallen considerably at independent media sites across the political spectrum due in large part to changes Facebook has made since the 2016 election to the way it handles its news feed. (Indeed, Facebook used to be the single biggest social media source of traffic for We Hunted the Mammoth by far, but now it’s been overtaken by Twitter. )


Good riddance. Roosh was once a popular figure in the PUA (Pick Up Artist) and MRA (Men's Rights Activist) circles, but people finally figure out he's just a one-trick pony. He's been increasingly irrelevant for a couple years now, and like so many of his ilk, he's finding out that his Super Intellectual Speech is actually hate speech and is against the AUP of most of the platforms he uses.

If you're unfamiliar with Roosh, this is the dude who figured we can just stop rape by making it legal (http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2015/02/17/pickup-guru-roosh-v-end-rape-by-making-it-legal/) and hates Denmark because their strong social safety net makes it impossible for him to get laid using his gross PUA "game" (https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/cockblocked-by-redistribution). He's the most disgusting type of misogynist, and it's great to see him become increasingly deplatformed and rendered more and more irrelevant.

Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, asshole!

Peach Pecan Turnover Recipe

So, this summer has been brutal, and the heat here was unbelievable. I'm very happy that the temperatures are starting to fall for autumn. However, the very hot heat of the summer made for some AMAZING peaches from the Niagara growing region in Ontario. They were enormous, delicious, and juicy. So, time to do some baking! This is our recipe for peach pecan turnovers. It's a super simple recipe, especially if you're lazy and use store-bought puff pastry like we did (I applaud anyone who makes your own puff pastry, but we didn't have the patience).

Super easy to customize this one. Add raisins, replace the pecans with walnuts, change up the spices, add a dash of cayenne, whatever you like. It was super delicious, even though we used just regular eating peaches and not baking peaches.

Also, we're just a couple of subscribers away from 700!! Thanks so much to everyone who has been watching, liking, subscribing, and especially sharing our videos with people. We really appreciate it!

The Concourse: Brett Kavanaugh Is A Man The Right Can Get Behind

Full article here: https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/brett-kavanaugh-is-a-man-the-right-can-get-behind-1829225731

From the article:
Shit’s real weird now.

A thing it took, like, the New York Times and Washington Post and CNN and so forth maybe a little too long to figure out, back during the 2016 campaigns, a lapse that has launched innumerable blinkered Cletus Safaris in search of some other, less chillingly sociopathic answer in the aftermath of that hell-moment, is this: What the American right wants, what it’s after, isn’t some abstract pluralist success, like the smooth functioning of government and/or the material improvement of American life. It wants, only and entirely, to defeat its opponents. Those aren’t quite the same thing. The Republican party would not choose the former if it could be accomplished without the latter.

An example: Any number of grub-like Yale jurist-ghouls with diamond-edged ‘80s-dad hair and uniformly right-wing ideas about constitutional law could get confirmed to fill the Supreme Court’s vacant ninth seat, and once in that seat could be counted upon to plagiarize Anton Chigurh dialog into incumbent legal precedence for the next three decades. The earth contains no shortage of these. And so, in the aftermath of the discovery that Brett Kavanaugh, the one Donald Trump happened to nominate for the gig, quite likely attempted to rape a 15-year-old girl in the summer of 1982 (and, perhaps less important though no less relevant, almost certainly lied to the Senate about the use of stolen materials to aid George W. Bush’s judicial nominees) and has been living comfortably with this fact about himself for the ensuing 36 years, it should be easy enough to withdraw his nomination and move along to the next crypto-Nazi cottage cheese sculpture in the pipeline. He’d breeze through confirmation, whoever he was: You could pretty much count on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s terminally third-brained centrist Democrats lining up to play themselves. And that would be a success, theoretically: A new, arch-conservative Supreme Court justice, possibly even one not tainted by a credible accusation that he once tried to rape a child.

But that would not be enough. It has to be this guy. It has to be this guy now more than ever. It has to be this guy, now, because he has been accused, credibly, of attempting to rape a 15-year-old girl in 1982—moreover because people believe this should be considered a disqualifying blight on his record. The thing that must happen is that those people must be defeated. That is the whole point. What must be shown to the whole world is that this, even this, cannot stop him. The bigger the outrage that can be brushed aside, the more thorough the defeat for the people who thought something, anything, might take precedence over this white man being the pick of another white man.

It’s a bit late for anyone not to have figured this out yet, but the skeleton key to understanding American conservatism is this: At bottom, it lacks absolutely any moral or ideological underpinning beyond the reactionary protection of moneyed white men—of their station, their wealth and power, and their egos. Its supposed ideas and abstractions are just a framework for spasmodic lashing-out against anything that can be interpreted as a threat to rich white dudes. It likes supply-side economics because the supply side is made of rich white dudes. It likes tax cuts because the taxes are mostly cut for rich white dudes. It likes cops and soldiers because cops and soldiers uphold a social order with rich white dudes at the top. It likes “traditional family values” because social, economic, and sexual dominion over women are the most traditional family values of all. It likes “Make America Great Again” because rich white dudes used to roll through society and over everyone else with even greater impunity than they do now. All of these things are just proxies for reiterating, over and over and over, forever, the power and security and primacy of rich white dudes.


So, basically the GOP needs for Kavanaugh to win this whole process (not succeed, but win), because they need to flex their muscles and show the left, "Look, we can make this happen exactly they way we want and there's nothing you can do about it." They need to make rich white dudes so completely bulletproof in the political arena that nothing will every hurt them ever again.

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