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More thoughts on moralistic culinary elites

Eh, people have political views and use the media to express them. OK. That's good for the dialectic. My big question is, was the closing statement ("The hyperbole is not only bad politics but will do nothing to improve Americans’ health.") meant to be intentionally ironic?

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

"When I go out to dinner my personal preference is for people (sans devices), food and wine."

Mine too. Maybe someday we'll get to link to this discussion on a thread entitled: "Remember Waiters?" or "Is What Is an Appropriate Tip When You're Already Paying a Premium for Human Servers?"

about 16 hours ago
MGZ in Not About Food

Your automobile as dining room!

It's even harder to point out the myriad assumptions folks make before extending their index fingers . . . .

(Maybe you guys can take some solace in the fact that I'd have made the same jokes if four's story had been about Atlanta?)

about 16 hours ago
MGZ in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

"I think reactive thinking is a govt thing."

Thinking is a human thing and humans comprise both governments and businesses. There may well be something to the idea that there are more "forward thinkers" in the private sector than in the public, but, to be fair, there's a lot more people there in general.

I must admit, however, this brings to mind the notion of believing in the guy who promised, "Trust me, I'll pull out," when he assures that he'll be a great dad. Maybe. But, maybe he'll figure, "Well, I got mine" and leave the burden for someone else.

Nevertheless, this nicely brings us back to the fundamental questions I was raising. Is there a role for consumers to play in helping to shape the ultimate solutions? Is this not a national crisis and not merely a local one? Should we not be thinking about the next year and the years after that when something like this comes to pass?

about 17 hours ago
MGZ in General Topics

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

"And who will be the first out the door? People whose only saleable skill is putting cold potatoes in hot oil until the red light comes on."

There going to be the first out of the door anyway. It's quite disingenuous to act like the argument for maintaining depressed wages is ethically based upon a "for their own good" premise. The irony in this is that automation is going to involve a significant investment whenever it launches, so we'll be paying an extra quarter for that burger no matter what.

about 17 hours ago
MGZ in Not About Food
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$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Well, yes, the "quarter" was an arbitrary value used for the purposes of rhetorical cleverness. My bad. Nevertheless, the truth is nobody knows what the price increase will be - even the fast food companies have been unwilling to offer an answer to that question and they actually have control over the decision. So, we have a range from zero (which is unlikely because absorbing a cost at the corporate level is managerial suicide) to doubling (which is unlikely because labor costs are not the sole production costs and competitors are aware of that). At least a quarter is within that range and has been used by various thinkers in discussing this issue for the past couple years.

This really harkens back to the discussion I was having with nocharge a week ago, so I'll try and avoid repeating too much. Any wage increase will have some inflationary consequence. So what? Inflation is not an a priori evil. By not having a minimum wage that keeps up with general inflation, we have to inflate wages in bigger chunks at various times so as to permit labor to "catch up." Now is one of those times. This is basically the (off)balance we have struck - after all, during the gap periods, the system works to the benefit of capital.

As to your friend, Al. Tell him the story I posted about me and the girl in the bar. Even if he doesn't get the point, it might help cheer him up a little.

about 17 hours ago
MGZ in Not About Food

Dried Fig Shortage?

"We often find what we seek when we are no longer looking for it."

- Mi Stanc (Ancient Book of Z-nian Bullshit)

about 18 hours ago
MGZ in General Topics
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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

"I don't see you offering a solution."

That would explain all the question marks I've used.

1 day ago
MGZ in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Exactly. There's never going to be a simple "black or white," "left versus right,"* way to solve this. That's why I'm asking questions about what those of us on the opposite coast need to be thinking/doing. (Absolutes are rare, but sprawl and lawns are pretty undeniably wrong - anywhere).

* In fact, the L v R thing is pretty much the best way to guarantee that no problem will ever be adequately addressed/solved.

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

What if transitioning is the only way to avoid crushing?

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

"I think that tendency afflicts most people, however."

I completely agree. Reactive thinking seems to be the default setting for way too many.* That's fundamentally the impetus for raising the instant questions now. Can't we start to become more forward thinking as a people?

* Although, it's a question for another day, I wonder if it's a human trait or a American one.

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

A good question.

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

"I think people should give up golf in the desert first."

Of course.

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics
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Your automobile as dining room!

Sure, I can imagine it, but the scenario usually starts with the Giants failing to cover the spread.

Mar 29, 2015
MGZ in General Topics
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Your automobile as dining room!

Thanks for the tip, four. I'll keep it in mind should I ever lose a bet and have to go to such a place.

Mar 29, 2015
MGZ in General Topics
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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Nah. We're also not that literal

Mar 29, 2015
MGZ in General Topics
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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

"Should we also give up oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, celery etc."

Maybe?

Mar 29, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

That just makes me wonder if the wagon wheel industry ever employed over 0.25% of the population.

Mar 29, 2015
MGZ in General Topics
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Dried Fig Shortage?

In the past month or two, I've picked up dried figs at two Asian markets, a local health food store, a Foodtown, and an A&P (we like dried fruit). I'm pretty sure I've also picked some up at the ShopRite in Wall, NJ, but I haven't been there in a while.

Mar 29, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

I'm curious. Given the severity of the California drought and the enormous amount of water used for agriculture, are you avoiding products like almonds?

One example of some background information: http://www.businessinsider.com/almond...

Mar 29, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

"Most of them would take my order and look to my ex to confirm it but one wouldn't look at me or acknowledge me."

That's probably because, the night before, some guy beat the hell out of 'em with a tandoor for talking to his wife.

Mar 28, 2015
MGZ in Not About Food

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

And people think MY wife must be a patient woman . . .

Mar 28, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk
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Your automobile as dining room!

I've never really been that much of an "in-the-car" eater. Although, one big exception is a summer-only drive-in not far from home. Pretty fun to do the car hop service, burger and fries thing - especially since it's BYOB and drinking a beer while sitting behind the wheel seems so gloriously naughty.

This thread reminds me of a time when I came home from college for a few days. My Dad was spending the night at his girlfriend's, so I snuck out his old MG for some fun with a friend. The next night at dinner he asked, "I thought I told you not to use my car? Where the hell did you go?"

"I didn't."

"Then, why's there ketchup on the steering wheel?"

Mar 28, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

It looks like you forgot your pants.

Maybe you should call it, "I'm coming home from a wedding in my top hat and tuxedo"?

Mar 28, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk
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The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

I believe that part of the onus for a successful, on-line conversation must be borne by the "listener". Thus, if it's possible to figure out what someone is saying by deciphering their poor grammar and/or typos, one should do so before asking for clarification or playing "snide school marm". Moreover, if it's possible to take something as bearing levity, always do so - it reduces indigestion.*

* Although, there can be weird occurrences, like when you might think someone's kidding about hitting a waiter with a board and you subsequently learn the truth.

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

Mmmm . . . I eat sheep.

More importantly, you should've written "a message will never sound like More."* Thus, taking advantage of both alliteration and providing a hint for your riddle that might tweak the interest of those reading it to attempt to solve it. Also, the "s" in "swift" should be capitalized when mentioning either Jonathan or a vile, political smear campaign tactic (Taylor, on the other hand, should never be mentioned at all, unless followed by the word "sucks" or some synonym therefor).

Please see my Cardinal Rules below.

* Acceptable variants of this might have also been, "a text message will never sound like Thomas More," "a tweet will never sound like Thomas," or even "a short tweet will never sound like Sir Thom."

Mar 28, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

The Cardinal Rules of Posting:

1. Never employ an emoticon.

2. Never tell other people how to post.

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

"Not to mention that there's just a tiny difference between literature and an internet *discussion* forum . . . ."

Speak for yourself.

Mar 28, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

"[T]hat they are not your equals is a little offensive and classist."

Funny. I would've gone with "dickish".

McDonald’s Clothing Line Gives New Meaning to ‘Wearing a Mac’

To be honest, I'm not interested in the clothes., but I'm pretty excited for the flavored condoms to come out in the fall.

Mar 27, 2015
MGZ in Food Media & News