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Gay Water Rule
  • Feels like someone saw how easy it is to pander to conservative chuds and figured the same could be done for "gay men" (read young white liberal women). I don't see how anyone in the target demographic can view something like this as anything other than incredibly insulting.

  • Week 24- seasonal ingredients: blackberry gooey butter cake
  • Gooey butter cake is essentially my signature dish. Saw a strawberry gooey butter cake at Schnuks when i visited my aunt in St. Louis Memorial day weekend and knew i had to try one with blackberry. The only thing i wpuld have done differently is used some gelatin in the blackberry syrup to thicken it up a little.

  • UK’s richest family on trial in Switzerland for human trafficking, confiscating staff passports, paying as little as £7/day
  • Kanye lost about 2/3rds of his net worth over night because Nike dropped the Yeezy brand. Being a partial owner of a niche brand is in no way comparable to someone like Musk who has controling interest in multiple market leading companies. Celebrity status can be leveraged to get a minority stake in a company, but minority owners can be forced out just as easily.

  • 'Bling bishop' US pastor sentenced to 9 years in prison
  • I get that, but the local priest or pastor isn't holding service in a former basketball arena with giant piles of cash hidden in the walls,or selling doomsday kits to preppers or has a private airport in his estate where he keeps a fleet of private jets. It's not even comparable to a local priest or pastor that drives a BMW or buys his wife a designer handbag every year for Christmas. Televangelist prosperity gospel preachers spend more in a year than your local Bishop will make in his entire life.

    There is a lot you can criticize any religious organization for, but i do believe that most people who join the church originally did so out of piety and devotion to the faith before being corrupted by the power that comes with the position. Prosperity gospel is the opposite, where conmen realize they can openly grift the poor and desperate tax free. Say what you will about the Catholic Church and their willingness to cover up heinous crimes that their clergy commit, but the archbishop or Cardinal will definitely investigate and take action if they findout a bishop or priest has been embezzling funds from their congregation, and your local diocese does a lot of community outreach that you probably aren't even aware of. Non-denominational megachurchs aren't running food kitchens, homeless shelters, or giving money to those in need. They exist solely to extract wealth from followers and fund the labish lifestyle of the church leader.

    Your local denominational churchs aren't asking for money saying that god will pay it back tenfold eventually. They are upfront about what they are doing with the money and you should only give what you can afford because it is the right thing to do if you love the church. Weekly service at the local church is still important to a lot of people for lots of social reasons, and those churchs need money to be able to offer those services, which means tiths and donations are necessary. But even the most ostentatious Cathedral or Southern Baptist church will have sermons about the evil and corrupting influence of money.

  • 'Bling bishop' US pastor sentenced to 9 years in prison
  • Prosperity gospel says that money is a sign of Gid's favor, so by writing a check to a televangelist you will be paid back exponentially in time. The central pillar is literally that if i give Joel Osteen $100 a week, i will eventually earn double that throuh God's favor. Meanwhile televangelists are just pocketing that money to pay for private jets, massive mansions, and massive TV deals to sucker in more followers.

    Regular tithing goes towards paying for church upkeep, missionary and community work, and anything else the church needs to keep running.

  • Los Angeles vs transplants...
  • We are better off than the UK at least, where everything is based on London. Media is centered around LA and New York with Memphis and Nashville as secondary music hubs. California is just a big state with a ton of people who live there.

  • Encyclopedia
  • They aren't written by experts. They are written by the chrapest writer that could be found. The error rates on a traditional encyclopedia is about the same as on Wikipedia. The only thing people love more than making shit up os calling people out when you know they are making shit up. Wikipedia is just as acceptable an academic source as Encyclopedia Brittanica. You can use it for some non-critical tangentially related information, but it's a starting off point

  • Chris Hedges on Israel...
  • Israel has been claiming they have "The world's most moral army" for decades and westerners just eat that up. What's happening in Gaza is nothing new, western media is just no longer able to control the narrative anymore.

  • Friday SOTD Thread - June 14th, 2024
  • I like the stand and the razor is atill my daily driver, but the brush really put me off from synthetic brushes. I have a badger brish that is way too big that i have been wanting to swap, but haven't even looked at synthetic replacements. But i might consider one if you say they are usually pretty good.

  • Friday SOTD Thread - June 14th, 2024
  • Traveling for a wedding today, so i am using my travel kit.

    Pre-shave: i am using a lavender oil from Maggard razor co. I absolutely love Maggards pre-shave oils,and the lavender has a lovely scent. I have been trying other pre-shaves, but i keep going back to Maggard's store brand.

    Brush: I am using a small synthetic brush that came with my starter kit from Bevel. I don't much care for the brush as i find it too scratchy, but it is small, light, and I don't care about it so it is perfect for a travel kit.

    Razor: I'm using my parker shavette. I have been using it weekly for the past year. It has been fun learning how to use a shavette, and once i save up enough i plan on buying a proper straight razor. I forgot my alum block at home, but luckily I only had a tiny knick on my chin, so I didn't need it.

    Blade: Persona safety razor blade snapped in half. The persona blades i have are terrible and are sketchy when used in a shavette, but i am gonna use them all before i buy new blades. The quality control is atrocious with the blades having edge issues. This blade wasn't too bad, but i will never buy persona blades again.

    Lather: i am using blue proraso from the tube. I like to use the blue every couple days in the winter because my skin dries out easily, and the vitamin E in it does wonders for my face.

    Aftershave: i am using Ogalla bay rum with witch hazel and sandalwood limes and peppercorn. I typically use my Ogalla aftershave twice a week, as the witch hazel keeps my face looking 10 years younger. I have it today because the small plastic container is perfect for travel.

  • 52 Weeks of Baking @lemmy.world BakerBagel @midwest.social

    Week 24- seasonal ingredients: blackberry gooey butter cake

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    Week 18: Tropical flavors - vegan pineapple/mango/macadamia biscotti

    Sorry for the infrequent posts. I lost my job and am trying to move out to Cleveland. Add some other personal stuff to the mix and it has been a rough month for me.

    But these are a gift for my best friend's birthday this weekend. She's an absolute coffee fiend. I'm not big on tropical flavors at all so I'm not really impressed by them, but here's hoping she likes them.

    Notes from baking these, but my powdered egg substitute was not useful. I had a lot of issue gettting the dough to come together and ended up using way more oil than is usually necessary for biscotti. They al holding shape, but they were definitely more crumbly than i was originally hoping for.

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    Week 16: Ancient Grain - vegan sorghum pecan muffins

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    Week 15: Turkey - baklava

    Been meaning to make a baklava for a few months, and figured this was the perfect time to do it! The phyllo dough took me a bit to figure out, but once i realized you just need to starch the shit out if it while rolling and just keep stacking it, it worked out great! My bottom layer is fucked, the middle one a little thick, but the top layer was absolutely magical

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    Just voted in my first union election

    Started my first union job right before Thanksgiving and elections are this week. Results will be in this weekend since contract negotiations start on Tuesday. Everyone is gearing up for a big fight and i am nervous, but excited.

    Anyway, they had a trailer set up in the parking lot and the steward flagged me down to get over there and vote.

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    Weeks 12/13: sponge cake/animals - zebra cakes

    Been super busy recently and have fallen behind on my baking so i decided to do a two-for-one and make zebra cakes! I even made the cake mix from scrath with gliten free flour so my friend with Celiacs could try one!

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    Week 11: AI or random- "Piped" cocoa butter cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction. Failed

    I have never used any LLM's, and didn't fee like starting, so i went with a random recipe from my go to baking site. Unfortunately the batter ended up WAY too stiff and nothing i did allowed me to pipe these suckers out, so they just sorta ended up as regualr cookies, but delicious none the less.

    I do think piping would have made them better though. The center of the cookies wasn't nearly as good as the crispy outsides, and piping them would have really increased the surface area.

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    The view from my aunt's home in Yorkshire

    I'm American, but my mom is a Geordie. We always visited my aunt when we went to England and i thought her living right next to a castle was the coolest thing ever.

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    Week 6: Japan - Okonomiyaki

    Sorry i am way late on this one. I asked my uncle in Japan (he's American, just a 65 weeb currently backpacking through Japan with my aunt for their retirement) for advice on something to make. He was currently in Hiroshima and told me to try making this local street food. Unfortunately i didn't realize how hard it would be to get some of these ingredients in rural Ohio, but i finally got everything for this recipe. luckily there is an amazing little Asian grocery store in Findlay that hooked me up with everything i needed and i am incredibly happy with how they turned out!

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    Week 9: Fermented ingredients - brandy chocolate truffles

    These rich truffles have a little bit of brandy as well as sour cream to create a luxurious and rich chocolate treat!

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    Week 8: custard or Pudding - Yorkshire Pudding

    While i was born and raised in the American Midwest, my mom is from North Shields so i grew up eating loads of English foods, amd Yorkshire pudding was always my favorite.

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    Week 7 - My Decade: pizza bagels

    My bagels turned out not so great for cream cheese, as you really need to make the hole in the middle massive, but they were excellent for homemade pizza bagels! Made a great lunch for my and my neighbors's kids!

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    Week 5 : bite sized - banana cream pudding cheesecake cupcakes

    These came as a special request from a friend. I even topped them off eith caramalized bananas. I have no clue how they taste because i hate banana, but i have gotten positive reviews so far!

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    Week 2: quick breads- minu lemon poppy seed loafs

    Originally i tried doing lemon-blackberry muffins but they were awful and not fit to share. These mini loafs are lovely, although they probably should have come out of the oven 5 minutes sooner. The lemon glazing on top really seals the deal on these tasty snacks

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    Week 4: seasonal ingredients - Rhutabega gratain

    So I'm gonna let yall know right now that nothing but potholes has come out of the ground alonng the shores of Lake Erie since November. Seasonal ingredients here means whatever you're great-grandpatents could keep in their cellar through the winter. This rhutabega gratin has gruyere cheese, dried thyme, garlic, whipping cream, and vegetable stock with a bit of turmeric powder to really let the unique flavor of the rhutabega shine. It was absolutely delicious, the rhutabegas were perfectly crisp and moist, and it makes for a perfect side dish one a miserable winters day like we are having.

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    Cardinals sign Tommy Edman to 2-year deal to avoid arbitration

    www.mlb.com Cardinals sign Edman to 2-year deal to avoid arbitration

    ST. LOUIS -- Avoiding the potential distractions that an arbitration hearing can sometimes create, the Cardinals inked center fielder Tommy Edman to a two-year contract that will allow both sides to focus solely on the season ahead, the club announced on Monday. Edman, the starting center fielder fo...

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