atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6132: SALT!!!!!!111

Bought a bag of pork rinds the other day.

My all-time favorite movie is The Sure Thing--curiously enough the only movie by Rob Reiner tha I like--and at one point in it the main character, Walter "Gib" Gibson, extols the virtues of pork rinds. When I first saw the movie I was college age (18 or 19) and I had just gotten brave with respect to trying new foods. There were winners and losers in that time, but pork rinds--based entirely on Gib's recommendation--ended up being a keeper.

I do not eat them often. Being, just now, on a "reduce carbs to absolute minimum" kick, though, it makes perfect sense as a snack. It does not get much more low-carb than deep-frying animal skin in lard. And they're cheap, too, because they're not as popular as potato or tortilla chips.

Still, the basic flavor--while tasty--palls after a while. I do enjoy them with hot sauce but getting the hot sauce onto the chip is a royal pain. I mean, who puts Tobasco in a bowl? So I bought the supermarket brand "hot and spicy" pork rinds.

Let me tell you, they do have a kick to them; but about every third or fourth chip suddenly it feels as if I took a mouthful of salt. Then all I can taste is HOT and SALT.


Interesting side note: you used to be able to buy microwave pork rinds. They came in a flat package like microwave popcorn did, and the bag puffed up the same way. I miss that.

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There's a lot wrong here. As Denninger suggests I looked at the photos at the Reuters article, and then I looked at the promo material for the bridge itself, and there's no comparison. Instead of a kind of suspension bridge, they built an entirely cantilevered construction. There was nothing supporting the bridge in the middle, and it looks as if it just slid off one of the support pylons.

The bridge was still under construction, as far as I can tell. The main image on the promo page shows a view looking (I believe) southeast. And the support pylon from which the deck slipped was supposed to be the one that is "109 feet tall" with support members stretching down to the deck...only it was not present. So they had a suspension bridge with nothing suspending it, and the people who built it were therefore relying entirely on the tensile strength of concrete--and that is nothing to write home about.

And then there's this horseshit:

Someone tell me how you "decompose" UV radiation. Please.

As Denninger points out, this is what happens when you substitute "feels" for facts.

Here's another take, including pictures of what it looked like before the collapse. And this:
The bridge was not open to pedestrians; it appears that it was not yet even finished being built. It was, in fact, a suspension bridge… but the "suspension" part of the bridge hadn’t been built yet.

It seems that they installed the one span… and then removed the supports from underneath it, leaving it supported only at the ends.
Yep. And you can't do that, not without designing your bridge to be supported that way--but then you lose the airiness and grace of the suspension structure.

Nope--if you want a suspension bridge, you have to build it suspended. You can't toss a span across a road and say, "We'll build the suspension part later!"


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So, I had a thought today, and this Cold Fury piece reminded me about it.

It occurred to me that you don't hear much about McCarthy any longer, not since the Soviet Union collapsed and all their records came to light and it turned out that--gee!--there really were a whole lot of communist spies and agents in the United States. Far from being paranoid and delusional, McCarthy was right.

...which is why the left worked so hard to discredit him: the last thing the left can afford is for anyone at all to tell even the slightest bit of truth about them. McCarthy was effective and getting results; the left had to shut him down.

And the whole reason the left wants gun control so badly in this country is to ensure that the populace is disarmed. This is what the left wants:
I asked, "well what is going to happen to those people we can't reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?" and the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated.

And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.

And when I say "eliminate," I mean "kill."

Twenty-five million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.

And they were dead serious.
That's twenty-five million Americans they're talking about killing, by the way, solely because of their politics.

People like to talk about how evil Hitler was, because the Holocaust killed 6,000,000 people, but Hitler was a piker compared to Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. Mao alone had some 50,000,000 people killed; all told socialism in its various flavors killed over a hundred million people in the twentieth century--and that's a conservative estimate. Other more liberal estimates are much higher than that!

Hell, Hitler's a piker compared to the American abortion industry. 60,000,000 babies aborted since Roe v. Wade. it doesn't surprise me at all that radical American leftists were sitting around casually discussing the outright murder of 25,000,000 of their fellow citizens. Socialism is evil, and it has a never-ending thirst for the blood of the innocent.

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I don't know what the problem is, here! They're just some young black men having a good time! Don't you want that kind of cultural vibrancy in your neighborhood?

The best comment to that video is this: "Savages behave like this. Men do not."

Amen brother. Amen.

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This also deserves a huzzah. If you're too young to own a firearm at age 18, you're too young to vote.

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Well, today it was still kind of light when I got home from work. We're fast approaching the vernal equinox, and that is where the highest rate-of-change in the day's length occurs.

I come out of work and it's actually light outside, which feels weird.

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Work today was...normal. Not super-busy, not super-slow, just average. I had enough to do without being overwhelmed. I rather like it that way.

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