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Music, Movies, TV, Art / Re: Watch shopping
« on: Today at 06:54:52 PM »
I had to look it up. Nice.

I went through a phase of collecting 'pretty things' but found that I never really did anything with them past owning them and taking them out of their boxes once in a while like some kind of Gollum.

Much like with cars, I never brought new...always on the lookout for something that someone else had lost 33% of its sticker price on the moment they signed the check and were handed the receipt.

My wife bought me a very nice cigar lighter years has never left the house, mainly because I don't trust myself to not lose it. I haven't checked its resale price but I would guess its scrap metal value alone would now be more than she paid for it retail, although for obvious reasons I could never sell it sits in a drawer waiting to be passed on once we have both turned to dust. 

Because that fake watch was 'only' £50 I can happily wear it day-to-day, but the irony is that if I lost it I'd probably more distraught than if it was authentic. Well, perhaps not more distraught but you know what I mean?  :)

My Baume and Mercier is modest, as watches go. There are two watches that can appreciate. Number one, hands down, is Patek. Number two is Rolex.

Nobody knows what my Baume and Mercier is and I like that. It is steel with a rose gold bezel and hands. I wear it every day. I have a couple of Skaggens that I wear sometimes but mostly I wear my Baume and Mercier. The cheaper Skaggens are nice but they don't last more than a year or two so in the long run the nice watch is a good investment.

Music, Movies, TV, Art / Re: Watch shopping
« on: Today at 05:54:29 PM »
I love my Baume and Mercier Clifton.

I hate RWNJ conspiracy lying assholes.

Can't wait to de-Nazify this nation. It's coming. Soon. January 20.

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

I lost it all.. the brick building, the tailor craft, the brand, the style I tell you I lost it all

I bet you never heard of this brand Sweet-Orr.

It was a worker clothing brand and for decades had their brick factory right on the main street in town.   

Somehow wearing Sweet-Orr for kids in the 70s and 80s was the shit and they had overalls and colored denim.  Cooler than Levi's.

The building burned and was destroyed.

The brand moved to South Africa

A couple of years ago we lost Cone Mills, where the best U.S. denim was made. Leave it to the Japanese, though. The occupying armies in Japan, after the war, brought Levis. In the 60s and 70s the U.S. manufacturers discarded their shuttle looms in favor of much faster projectile looms. Denim, before projectile looms, was much better. So the Japanese bought the shuttle looms and today, between their slower but better looms (creating all kinds of great weaves and making an art of it) and their traditional indigo dying art the Japanese are making the best selvedge denim.

I have a pair of Pure Blue Japan nubby selvedge that's incredible. I also have a pair of Studio D'Artisans that I haven't worn yet because I don't want to not wear the PBJs.

On the other hand there are still some awesome heritage boots being made here. The best leather is being made at the one remaining tannery in Chicago, Horween. There is some good stuff from other U.S. tanneries, like the Law Tannery in Milwaukee. I have two pairs of Truman boots, made in Oregon. I have a pair of awesome Vibergs, although they're made in Canada. Whites. Redwing.

Clothes today, in general, are crap and don't last. The good stuff is atually more economical but then a lot of people want to wear their crap a few times then throw it out. We have been conditioned to buy cheap stuff by T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom's Rack.

Another interesting development is the emergence of a lot of great online retailers. I have enjoyed dress shirts from Ledbury and Proper Cloth, for instance.

Some other good U.S. manufacturing seems to be slowly developing. I welcome it. You get the same crap at any of the brick and mortar retailers but you get an incredible selection online.


Just as ordered by the "conservative" death cult.

Orange Hitler: bringer of mass death and economic collapse.


Do you ever actually think about anything, Hook?

There was a picture posted yesterday of a crowded street in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. No masks.

Lake Geneva is a tourist trap, just across the border of Illinois. Northwest Illinois is largely Republican.

The "conservative" justices in the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governors' stay at home orders, without any precedent or legal basis. It was pure political hackery in spite of about 65% of Wisconsinites being in favor of the Democratic governor's actions. These people find new ways to prove their stupidity and malice every single day.

General Discussion / Leopards don't change their spots
« on: Today at 10:19:17 AM »
Yes she has said a few good things of late but she's still Ann Coulter. We don't need her.

These conspiracy theories are nasty disinformation proffered by ugly, nasty people.

This disinformation is what fascists do.

I hate these people and I can't wait for their impending, overdue comeuppance. We have to rid ourselves of this disease. We have to de-Nazify this nation, as we did to Germany after WWII. These are sick people, energized by their vile, corrupt demagogue. We haven't seen how bad they can be, and God forbid we ever do.


“The Bible says there will be an Antichrist, a man that proclaims to be God, who will try to unite the world in a one-world government with a one-world financial system and establish a one-world religion,” says Pastor Adam Fannin, a controversial Florida preacher who has latched onto the anti-vaccination movement, in a recent YouTube video.

Who is this “man that proclaims to be God”? Fannin is referring to Microsoft founder and famed philanthropist Bill Gates, who has become the latest target of conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccination fringe groups.

Gates, who has long predicted the U.S. will be unprepared for a devastating pandemic, has been extremely active since the coronavirus emerged. He has donated $250 million toward the crisis, espoused the importance of developing a safe and effective vaccine, and supported the creation of a government-funded manufacturing infrastructure. But purveyors of disinformation are telling a different story, using several disparate false narratives about Gates. All of the conspiracy theories seem to sow doubt about an eventual vaccine. That’s not surprising, given how active anti-vaccine groups have been lately in spreading misinformation about false coronavirus cures.

In Fannin’s video, which has garnered 1.8 million views, he lambastes Gates for supporting vaccination and suggests that he is working on implantable devices with “digital certificates” and “quantum dot tattoos” that would identify people with COVID-19 and send their information to the United Nations. He goes on to call Gates the Antichrist. In Fannin’s other videos, he makes false claims about vaccines, including that they are “filled with filthy chemicals and aborted fetuses.”

Fannin also claims that Gates wants to use vaccination to “depopulate” the world, a myth that has been around for at least 10 years. As Snopes explains, Gates has said he sees slowing population growth as a key component of helping to lift people out of poverty—one of the goals of his philanthropic efforts. In addition to supporting new healthcare initiatives and birth control accessibility, Gates also touts mass vaccination as a way of lowering child mortality rates. He believes that as child mortality rates lower and stabilize, parents will choose to have fewer kids, because they are less worried their children will die.

The “quantum dot tattoos” that Fannin references are related to research funded by the Gates Foundation. In December, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed the development of an invisible ink that could be stamped on kids’ skin at the time of vaccination as a record of their inoculation. The stamp can last five years, but it is just a stamp. It cannot be used to track a person’s whereabouts, as notes.

As for the “digital certificates” and implantable devices, Gates has no plans to develop any technology that would diagnose and track people with COVID-19. This conspiracy theory seems to stem from a Reddit AMA, where Gates noted that at some point we will have digital certificates that will be able to track who has been sick, who has been tested, and who should receive a vaccine. But Gates’s words were twisted to make it look as though he had plans to commercialize an invasive form of mass population tracking.

Population tracking, even for the purpose of disease control, is a somewhat controversial topic and one that many people are paying attention to. Doctors already track individual human health through electronic health records, and human resource departments may start tracking employee health as people return to work. Apple and Google have announced a plan to create a privacy-focused, Bluetooth-based system to track people’s exposure to COVID-10, and organizations like MIT have proposed similar solutions. But a poll from Pew Research shows that 60% of Americans are skeptical that using cell phone data to track people who have come into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive will do much to slow the spread of the virus. People also disagree about whether this kind of digital contact tracing should be done at all—61% of Democrats felt it was acceptable to track the disease’s movement this way, while only 45% of Republicans felt the same.

There are still more conspiracies surrounding Gates, including one that suggests he started the coronavirus or that he knew it was coming. A report from the New York Times revealed a cache of 16,000 posts on Facebook about Bill Gates with 900,000 likes and comments; Bill Gates conspiracies on YouTube showed similarly high engagement. Gates has long been the subject of conspiracy theories—like this one from 1996, which says that Microsoft is the invention of the Illuminati, or this one that suggests Gates is investing in antivirals as means of colonizing Africa. Conservative conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones have been suggesting Gates is using vaccines to “sterilize” and “depopulate” the world for at least a decade.

What is striking is the way such conspiracy theories—especially those with an anti-vaccine agenda—are allowed to proliferate on the web. Google (YouTube’s parent company) and Facebook have been making an effort to pull down content that would lead to someone getting hurt. But videos like Adam Fannin’s fall into a category of misinformation that isn’t considered detrimental enough to human health.

“We have clear policies and we quickly remove videos violating these policies when flagged to us. For borderline content, such as the videos sent over by Fast Company, we reduce recommendations,” a YouTube spokesperson said. They also noted that the majority of the 1.8 million views were not coming from recommendations being made on the platform, meaning that YouTube is not sending people to the Fannin video. Instead, other websites are directing viewers to it.

Beautiful.   Artistic brick work and masonry is a lost art.

Yes, my daughter moved in across the street. With the rehab it looks brand new. It survived because it was built with a steel superstructure, one of the first to be built with steel instead of iron. The buildings with iron superstructures had to go.

The windows are special, too.

Speaking of architecture I came across this gem today:

Very cool. I've been trying to find out more about the J. P. Smith Shoe Company but haven't been able to find much.

I did find The Chicago School of Shoe Making. I think I'm going to take a class.

I have gotten into heritage boots. Viberg. Truman. Good stuff, along with Japanese denim.


In September 2006, Nouriel Roubini told the International Monetary Fund what it didn’t want to hear. Standing before an audience of economists at the organization’s headquarters, the New York University professor warned that the U.S. housing market would soon collapse — and, quite possibly, bring the global financial system down with it. Real-estate values had been propped up by unsustainably shady lending practices, Roubini explained. Once those prices came back to earth, millions of underwater homeowners would default on their mortgages, trillions of dollars worth of mortgage-backed securities would unravel, and hedge funds, investment banks, and lenders like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could sink into insolvency.

At the time, the global economy had just recorded its fastest half-decade of growth in 30 years. And Nouriel Roubini was just some obscure academic. Thus, in the IMF’s cozy confines, his remarks roused less alarm over America’s housing bubble than concern for the professor’s psychological well-being.

Of course, the ensuing two years turned Roubini’s prophecy into history, and the little-known scholar of emerging markets into a Wall Street celebrity.

A decade later, “Dr. Doom” is a bear once again. While many investors bet on a “V-shaped recovery,” Roubini is staking his reputation on an L-shaped depression. The economist (and host of a biweekly economic news broadcast) does expect things to get better before they get worse: He foresees a slow, lackluster (i.e., “U-shaped”) economic rebound in the pandemic’s immediate aftermath. But he insists that this recovery will quickly collapse beneath the weight of the global economy’s accumulated debts. Specifically, Roubini argues that the massive private debts accrued during both the 2008 crash and COVID-19 crisis will durably depress consumption and weaken the short-lived recovery. Meanwhile, the aging of populations across the West will further undermine growth while increasing the fiscal burdens of states already saddled with hazardous debt loads. Although deficit spending is necessary in the present crisis, and will appear benign at the onset of recovery, it is laying the kindling for an inflationary conflagration by mid-decade. As the deepening geopolitical rift between the United States and China triggers a wave of deglobalization, negative supply shocks akin those of the 1970s are going to raise the cost of real resources, even as hyperexploited workers suffer perpetual wage and benefit declines. Prices will rise, but growth will peter out, since ordinary people will be forced to pare back their consumption more and more. Stagflation will beget depression. And through it all, humanity will be beset by unnatural disasters, from extreme weather events wrought by man-made climate change to pandemics induced by our disruption of natural ecosystems.

Roubini allows that, after a decade of misery, we may get around to developing a “more inclusive, cooperative, and stable international order.” But, he hastens to add, “any happy ending assumes that we find a way to survive” the hard times to come.

Intelligencer recently spoke with Roubini about our impending doom.


In Germany and China, they already reopened all the stores a month ago. You look at any survey, the restaurants are totally empty. Almost nobody’s buying anything. Everybody’s worried and cautious. And this is in Germany, where unemployment is up by only one percent. Forty percent of Americans have less than $400 in liquid cash saved for an emergency. You think they are going to spend?

General Discussion / Re: Welcome JohnHP
« on: Yesterday at 04:35:57 PM »
I miss my friendship with Johnhp.

I guess he taught me, more than anyone else, the true meaning of being a radical leftist. I was naive, it turns out.

Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

Social distancing isn't going to destroy America.

"Conservatives" imposing minority rule have brought mass death and economic collapse. The question isn't whether social distancing will destroy us. The question is whether we will overcome fascism, which is a subversive ideology, before it destroys our democracy.

I would not be so dismissive of Nugent's rant. I have encountered unreasonableness on a daily basis. I was threatened in a grocery store by another customer because I was examining broccoli without wearing gloves. My hands were much cleaner than his filthy gloves, I assure you.  I was on the sidewalk on my bicycle, outdoors(!), when an elderly couple walking toward me backed away onto the grass 20 feet and the woman pulled her coat over her mouth.  My best friend for 30 years won't even enter a grocery store and refuses to join me in my car to pick up a pizza.  I had a coworker yell at me for standing behind him while waiting to use the drinking fountain.  I see people wearing World War I era gas masks, face visors.  It's insane.  I'm reasonable. I wear a mask and wash my hands first thing I arrive home, and even my keys.  And I use a bottle of hand sanitizer regularly. But I can't even reach the IRS! They sent me a letter with no explanation saying I owe $2,900 plus penaties. When I called the number listed for help, I got a recording - closed until further notice.  Same case for the local office.   But I was able to walk into a McDonalds and take out a 1/4 pounder.  Seriously, what are our priorities? Why is the IRS closed but McDonalds open?  The COVID is serious, but the paranoia and misinformation is not helping; it's making it worse than it has to be. Indeed, a doctor already has taken her own life.  There will be more of that as this continues.

You are thin-skinned, taking it personally when an elderly couple keeps their distance from you.

It isn't personal. Grow up, smile at them, and say something nice. They're afraid, and rightfully so. We're going on 100,000 deaths and most places haven't peaked. Another peak is likely. You can live with keeping your distance from others. They might not live if you don't.

As I have told you, and as you arrogantly dismissed: I don't want to get this virus and even more I don't want to give it to anyone else.

You would do better to think like that.

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