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It’s the job of government to prevent this sort of thing, not facilitate it

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1 November 2015 at 7:05 pm

After-effects at the company that made $70,000/year their minimum wage

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Rush Limbaugh said that raising salaries was “socialism,” though since it was a private corporation and not the state, I’m wondering if he in fact understands what socialism means:

Socialism is a social and economic system characterised by social ownership and control of the means of production, as well as a political theory and movement that aims at the establishment of such a system. “Social ownership” may refer to public ownership, cooperative ownership, citizen ownership of equity, or any combination of these. Although there are many varieties of socialism and there is no single definition encapsulating all of them, social ownership is the common element shared by its various forms.

Rush Limbaugh doesn’t think that corporations should be allowed to make salary decisions?

And so far it seems to be working out extremely well.

Written by Leisureguy

1 November 2015 at 3:26 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

Jobs-record comparison, Obama v. GW Bush

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Paul Krugman posts a chart, purely data-driven, from data supplied by the St Louis Fed. Perhaps the degree to which Obamacare “kills jobs” has been exaggerated:

Obama v Bush on jobs


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1 November 2015 at 9:01 am

Pork and Tomatillo Stew

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I saw this recipe in The Week magazine, and I’ve already bought what I need to make it:

Pork and tomatillo stew

Update: I have now made it—very tasty—and I have some notes:

1. Note that before you sauté the pork you make the body of the liquid and simmer for 30 minutes.

2. After making the stock (in effect) you brown the pork well—probably 10 minutes or so, since you want it really browned (for flavor).

3. After browning the pork, you cook the onions, cilantro, and jalapeños for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time (cannot leave unattended).

4. You combine onions, pork, and liquid and simmer that for 2 hours.

4. After the 2-hour simmer, you add the cooked black beans and simmer 10 minutes more.

Bottom line: it takes some time. But it is very tasty. (Other notes in recipe.)

  • 2 lbs pork shoulder, butt, or loin
  • Salt
  • 1 lb tomatillos
  • 1 lb Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bottle dark beer [presumably 12 ounces—bottles vary greatly in size – LG]
  • 6–8 juice oranges (to make 1½ cups of fresh juice) [I had to use navel oranges, not Valencia oranges, which are better for juice. 8 navel oranges was right at 1½ cups. – LG]
  • 1 head garlic [I used loose cloves and used around 16 – LG]
  • Grapeseed or canola oil [better choice: avocado oil, which has a high smoke point – LG]
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, minced [seeded and ribs removed, they don’t add any real heat – LG]
  • Black pepper
  • 1 can black beans, drained [I suggest cooking 8 oz dried black Valentine or other black bean: no soaking, just cook until done, about 90 minutes; drain and use that. – LG]
  • White rice [we skipped this of course: it’s a simple carb. – LG]
  • 1 lime
  • Sour cream

Begin by cutting the pork shoulder, butt, or loin into 2-inch cubes. Sprinkle with salt. Remove husks from the tomatillos, wash the sticky surface off, and quarter them. Put them into a pot with the tomatoes, dark beer, and 1½ cups of fresh orange juice. Let that stew for half an hour or so, until everything has become tender.

Brown the pork in a casserole, along with 8 to 10 whole cloves of peeled garlic, in a few tablespoons of grapeseed or canola [avocado: very high smoke point – LG] oil. (You’ll probably need to do this in batches, removing the pork as it browns.)

Put onions into the now empty casserole, along with the cilantro and jalapeños. Add salt and pepper to taste, and be sure to scrape the bottom, stirring in the delicious brown bits. Cook until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes, then put tomatillo mixture along with the pork and garlic into casserole, turn the heat to low, partially cover, and cook very slowly for about 2 hours.

Squish the garlic cloves into stew with the back of a spoon [surprisingly fun – LG], add the can of black beans (or the home-cooked black beans), and cook 10 more minutes. Spoon over white rice. [Not for type-2 diabetics – LG] Stir the juice of a lime into a cup of sour cream and use as a garnish. [Just plain sour cream is fine; don’t be gilding the lily. – LG] Serves 6.

Written by Leisureguy

1 November 2015 at 8:19 am

Posted in Food, Recipes & Cooking

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