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muhtea

Robin
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Stock market is just gambling - someone will be left holding the bag with that and it could as easily be you as anyone. It's a rigged game and easy to get greedy and thus screw yourself. Whatever you do, it can all be taken from you. The only thing they can't take is your soul, unless you let them.

It's one thing to be indifferent and maybe even think good riddance when fraudsters and the like kill themselves, it's another to be "gleeful and giddy". That's a bit too far for me. It would be better if they repented, and it's a shame when they don't.
 

messaggera

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Ex-FBI Atty Avoids Prison After Altering Russia Probe Email
A D.C. federal judge on Friday sentenced ex-FBI assistant general counsel Kevin Clinesmith to 12 months of probation for altering an email the agency used to obtain court authorization to surveil former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page in the lead-up to the Mueller probe.

Trump Ally Atty Lin Wood Says No To Mental Health Exam
Conservative firebrand L. Lin Wood on Friday suggested the State Bar of Georgia has asked him to take a mental health exam in what would be the latest blowback for the attorney over a series of increasingly bizarre comments culminating in calls for former Vice President Mike Pence to be killed.

Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Special Ops, Satellites, Jets
The U.S. government kicked off the New Year with multibillion-dollar deals for cloud services, missile warning satellites and tanker jets used to refuel planes in flight, as well as a massive multiple-award contract for special operational equipment.

Davis Wright To Mandate Vaccine For In-Office Work
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP announced this week that it has adopted a vaccine policy for attorneys and staff that encourages them to get a COVID-19 vaccine once eligible and only allows those who have done so to work in the office or attend firm-sponsored events.

Epic Judge Says Apple's Tim Cook Must Sit For 7-Hour Depo
It was bad news for Apple all around this past week after a California magistrate ruled that CEO Tim Cook would have to sit for a seven-hour deposition and denied the tech giant's bid to subpoena Samsung in one fell swoop as part of Apple's fight against an antitrust suit over App Store fees.

Facebook, Google Are Killing Local News, Media Co. Says
A West Virginia newspaper owner filed an antitrust suit against Google and Facebook on Friday, accusing the two tech behemoths of monopolizing the digital advertising market to the degree that it threatens the extinction of local newspapers nationwide.

SEC Faces Uphill Battle To Act On GameStop Trading War
Amid calls from lawmakers to take action in response to the historic trading war surrounding GameStop stock, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that it was "closely monitoring" the situation. Taking action will be far more daunting.

Sen. Warren Demands SEC Action Amid GameStop Frenzy
As the stock price of GameStop continued to soar Friday and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pledged it was "monitoring and evaluating" the situation, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., sent a letter giving the agency one week to explain how it intends to respond to a market she says is "like a casino."


Germans Are Posting Abortion Information Online to Protest Nazi-Era Law​

Doctors in Germany offering any information about the procedure online face two years in prison or jail time. [link]

Doctors in Germany providing any information online about abortion beyond the fact that they offer them—including cost, available methods, and procedure—can face two years in prison or a fine. Meanwhile, anti-abortion websites that promote the widely disproven “silent scream” theory and falsely claim that medication abortions leave “the child to slowly starve in the womb” are allowed to stay online.

Poland: Thousands protest against abortion law for third straight night​

Thousands of people took to the streets to protest against Poland's near-total abortion ban. Some were met with tear gas fired by the police. [link]

People shouted pro-choice slogans like "You've messed with women," "Hey, hey, hey, abortion is ok," and "Liberty, equality, abortion on demand." Multiple anti-government chants were also heard. Some demonstrators also wore green bandanas, inspired by the pro-choice protests in Argentina. The Latin American country recently legalized abortion through to the 14th week of pregnancy.
 

Kitty Tantrum

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It's one thing to be indifferent and maybe even think good riddance when fraudsters and the like kill themselves, it's another to be "gleeful and giddy". That's a bit too far for me. It would be better if they repented, and it's a shame when they don't.
Well... you're definitely not wrong.

... I never claimed to be a good example. :squintlol:
 

Kitty Tantrum

Woodpecker
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I’ve always wanted to learn jewelry making. Please share your experiences if you do this.
I've been making earrings and necklaces and things that can be designed and assembled from beads, wire, findings, etc. for a while now, and it's super fun! I don't know how long it will be before I get around to doing any actual casting of pieces myself, but I'm pretty excited and will definitely do a little write-up when I do! One of my brothers has been playing around with smelting and casting recently, mostly in bronze and steel, I think he's done a few little things in silver too, so I can probably make use of some of his equipment. :)
 

Mrs.DanielH

Robin
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I was running a small bakery when the price of vanilla QUADRUPLED almost over night a few years ago; that was a small gut-punch.
But honestly why is vanilla so expensive?! Makes my personal baking escapades so expensive. And they come out with the imitation vanilla and make it almost as expensive as the real stuff even though it's not as good.
 

Kitty Tantrum

Woodpecker
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But honestly why is vanilla so expensive?!
Apparently a few years back there was some big thing that tanked vanilla bean production in Madagascar. I don't remember all of the details, but basically because it takes a long time for the beans to grow (I think three years?), one bad harvest has far-reaching implications. I think Mexican vanilla is still quite a bit cheaper if you can find it, but most retail vanilla ("premium" vanilla) is made with Madagascar beans.

The only thing I like fake vanilla for is the occasional cheap soft-serve cone. I tried baking with it once or twice because my brother bought some, but the way the smell of it intensifies when it's hot is really off-putting. I don't hate the way it tastes, but it's really very different from vanilla.
 

MBell

Sparrow
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I've been making earrings and necklaces and things that can be designed and assembled from beads, wire, findings, etc. for a while now, and it's super fun! I don't know how long it will be before I get around to doing any actual casting of pieces myself, but I'm pretty excited and will definitely do a little write-up when I do! One of my brothers has been playing around with smelting and casting recently, mostly in bronze and steel, I think he's done a few little things in silver too, so I can probably make use of some of his equipment. :)
That is so awesome to hear! I have been searching for a craft to do that would be fulfilling, and that is a great idea! I look forward to your write-up!
 

Starlight

Woodpecker
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Stock market is just gambling
^This

In my unbusinesseducated and likely inaccurate opinion, it’s better to own hard assets like land, properties, and/or rare tradable commodities. (And I mean physically own, in hand). That way if the stock market crashes, you still actually own something and don’t see your fiat bank account vaporize.

If everyone stopped dropping money in the stock market (i.e. gambling) it would lose its power and eventually cease to exist. The “Stock Market” is just a fancy rebrand of any low brow casino. In the end, the house always wins. “The only winning move is not to play.”
 

Starlight

Woodpecker
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Yep, really with any grain alcohol i believe. But my mom and i have made it with vodka multiple times over the years. The most difficult part is finding beans
There was an Ina Garten episode were she makes vanilla extract. She takes a small handful of vanilla beans, slices them open on one side, then scrapes the seeds out and puts them in a jar with “good” vodka, i.e. “expensive”. I was thinking, where does one even find fresh vanilla beans lol??

Edit: I just looked online and on Amazon there’s 10 beans for $10... is this the new stock short??!!
 
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muhtea

Robin
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^This

In my unbusinesseducated and likely inaccurate opinion, it’s better to own hard assets like land, properties, and/or rare tradable commodities. (And I mean physically own, in hand). That way if the stock market crashes, you still actually own something and don’t see your fiat bank account vaporize.

If everyone stopped dropping money in the stock market (i.e. gambling) it would lose its power and eventually cease to exist. The “Stock Market” is just a fancy rebrand of any low brow casino. In the end, the house always wins. “The only winning move is not to play.”
It's because you are un-business-educated that you haven't lost common sense and don't expect to win playing games in the devil's sandbox.

I think Ann Barnhardt said some years back, if you can't roll around naked in it, you don't own it. LOL
 
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Lamkins

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There was an Ina Garten episode were she makes vanilla extract. She takes a small handful of vanilla beans, slices them open on one side, then scrapes the seeds out and puts them in a jar with “good” vodka, i.e. “expensive”. I was thinking, where does one even find fresh vanilla beans lol??

Edit: I just looked online and on Amazon there’s 10 beans for $10... is this the new stock short??!!

Based on my vague memory I paid more for vanilla beans when I made diy vanilla extract. It was years ago though. Mine didn’t turn out for some reason I’ve long forgotten.
 

messaggera

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This bean talking has me thinking.

Does anyone on here know how to make essential oils from garden herbs and flowers.
There are a few ways, and was wondering if anyone ever did this before the old fashion way....I have always wanted to try.
 

Kitty Tantrum

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Based on my vague memory I paid more for vanilla beans when I made diy vanilla extract. It was years ago though. Mine didn’t turn out for some reason I’ve long forgotten.

Does anyone on here know how to make essential oils from garden herbs and flowers.
There are a few ways, and was wondering if anyone ever did this before the old fashion way....I have always wanted to try.

I've done extracts (alcohol) and distilled oils (steam), and I think they're neat experiments - but you pay a hefty premium for the novelty of the experience; it won't yield a cheaper or better product. That's not to discourage anyone from doing it! Because it IS really neat.

I tend to make myself a bit of a broken record regarding this issue: don't get caught in the popular trap of thinking that DIY projects will necessarily be more economical or turn out better than what you can buy pre-manufactured, just because you did the work yourself. This may be true for SOME things that are innately labor- and time-intensive to produce, things that benefit greatly from customization or freshness, etc... but trying to DIY something like extracts, which have been all-but-perfected by industrial-scale processes, is a losing proposition in terms of relative expense and quality. I'm a nerd; I've done the cost-breakdown-spreadsheets. :nerd

Not least of all because, I'd venture to say, a MAJORITY of ingredients and materials sold at the retail level are several steps down in quality from what is available at the wholesale/industrial level. And retail prices of materials and ingredients ARE absolutely set at relative levels intended to incentivize purchasing manufactured/processed instead of whole/raw (lol, show me literally anywhere there ISN'T blatant market manipulation...). For MOST things, if you haven't dropped $$$$ on equipment and stock to produce a large surplus, you can't make it cheaper (or better) at home. Sad but true.

I don't KNOW this for sure (though my hunches regarding commercial food production have so far been pretty spot-on), but I suspect commercial production of vanilla extract is a lot more than steeping vanilla beans in alcohol. I'd bet there's probably AT LEAST heat and pressure involved (precision-controlled), as well. And they likely don't start with dried beans. A friend and I tried the dried-vanilla-beans-in-vodka thing years ago, and to me it kinda felt like a sick prank. At the very least you should be starting with something like Everclear; not vodka, which has a ton of water in it.

People who say they have tried the at-home vanilla bean/vodka hack and that it was "omg so much better than store bought" make me raise an eyebrow. Like WTF are you comparing it to??? I don't see how it could ever be anything more than "passable, in a pinch." :confused:
 

Starlight

Woodpecker
Woman
This bean talking has me thinking.

Does anyone on here know how to make essential oils from garden herbs and flowers.
There are a few ways, and was wondering if anyone ever did this before the old fashion way....I have always wanted to try.
I’ve been wanting to try this too. I have a copious amount of lavender plants and once it dries out (we’re currently in a rainstorm) I’ll try out a few methods and make a thread.

Like @Kitty Tantrum said there’s the steam distill method for essential oil (which is expensive) but I also found another method on the internet that uses vodka and dried pulverized lavender which is then set outside until the alcohol evaporates and the oils are supposedly left over. I’m a bit skeptical but am going to try that out.

And then there are the “infused oils” which are made kind of like sun tea but with oil and herbs. I’ll try that one too.

For the vanilla extract, I imagine it comes down to the quality of the beans and letting it sit for long enough. Ina Garten says to let it sit for at least six months.

When it comes to anything diy, my philosophy is that the final product needs to justify the cost and time that it takes to make the item otherwise it’s better to just purchase it. It can cost more if it’s going to be something high quality but the best diy projects are ones where the cost is less and the product is high quality. I guess the stonks guys would call that “risk assessment” lol
 

Lamkins

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Kitty Tantrum, maybe that’s why mine failed. I do remember going back to store bought.

I used to be on a very strict starch-free, sugar-free diet for crohns. Starch and sugar is in EVERYTHING. Everything had to be made from scratch, and I learned it’s far more expensive and not nearly as tasty. I did make a faux soy sauce using blueberry juice and assorted other things that was really good but VERY time consuming.

Edited to say I was watching a show about street food in Indonesia this weekend and was surprised when they oened up jars and cans for their ingredients. I just assumed since it was so delicious it all had to be fresh made. It sure looked yummy!
 

Starlight

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It's because you are un-business-educated that you haven't lost common sense and don't expect to win playing games in the devil's sandbox.

I think Ann Barnhardt said some years back, if you can't roll around naked in it, you don't own it. LOL
That’s what bothers me about the Bitcoin craze. If you can’t access the internet... then you can’t access a Bitcoin wallet. No one ever actually *has* it. If the US ends up in a SHTF scenario and the power grid goes down, Bitcoin will be worthless and the people who own land and livestock will be our new feudal lords.
 

Kitty Tantrum

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I always had this notion in my head since I was a kid, that if I ever tried my hand at gambling (whether straight gambling like at a casino, or in the stock market, etc.), I'd probably make significant gains in my very first go; beginner's luck, if you will. I reasoned that since I was so opposed to gambling, it would take an initial "win" to have any hope of ensnaring me.

I've always strictly avoided gambling on principle, but I decided to put my gut feeling to the test one day when a friend invited me to go to a casino with her to meet up with her sister. I brought my ID and one $20 bill and left everything else at home. I picked a slot machine that tickled my fancy (over-the-top patriotic theme), put in the whole $20, booped around with betting a few cents at a time for a few minutes, then set it to the max, smacked the button, and walked away with $200.

I took that as a PROFOUND SIGN that I am correct in my fundamental assessment, not just of that industry but of ALL SUCH SIMILAR SYSTEMS. And I immediately felt like a dirty person holding dirty money for having participated in such a system, even just once for the sake of novelty.

To me, as a little person with no capital to play around with, truly INVESTING (rather than gambling), involves throwing down on things I have actual control over and that are certain to hold their value. Tools, equipment, materials, food stores, LAND, physical precious metals, etc.

But stock market feels dirty to me and I won't do it even if I know it will be a win.
 

muhtea

Robin
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I took that as a PROFOUND SIGN that I am correct in my fundamental assessment, not just of that industry but of ALL SUCH SIMILAR SYSTEMS. And I immediately felt like a dirty person holding dirty money for having participated in such a system, even just once for the sake of novelty.

To me, as a little person with no capital to play around with, truly INVESTING (rather than gambling), involves throwing down on things I have actual control over and that are certain to hold their value. Tools, equipment, materials, food stores, LAND, physical precious metals, etc.

But stock market feels dirty to me and I won't do it even if I know it will be a win.
See this is kind of how I feel - even if you "win", you lose in some way. It's unearned gains and if they were easy to get, they're even easier to lose. If not directly, indirectly, if that makes sense. Kind of a tractor way of "making" money off someone else's work. I find the terminology like "watch your money grow!" very cringe inducing. I'd rather watch my vegetables grow lol.

There's more to life than having more money than you know what to do with, although having enough is definitely nicer than not having enough and struggling all the time, ngl. It's a lot more rewarding if you've worked and suffered for it though.
 
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