I smell a rat (and a cheese)

I note that a new record has been set for the world’s most expensive cheese. An artisan blue cheese sold for over $16,000 at an auction in Spain, shattering the Guinness world record for the most “expensive cheese in history.” In August 2018, 15 different restaurateurs from across the country met for an auction of 5.78 pounds of Cabrales cheese from the Valfríu cheese factory — one of the strongest blue cheeses in the world, Guinness said in a Thursday press release. Attendees kept raising their bids during the seemingly endless gathering — until no one topped the $16,223.99 offer proposed by Iván Suárez,

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I resemble that . .

Courtesy of The Feral Irishman (site sometimes NSFW): The thunderstorm and rain outside right now are reminding quite a few of those places (particularly the joints) that they aren’t in their twenties any more . . . Peter

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How do you know when a politician is lying? His lips are moving.

I’m not surprised that no-one in the mainstream media seems to be commenting on former Vice-President Joe Biden’s latest excuses . . . but I am very disappointed.  You may be sure that if a Republican candidate had used the same words, about the same actions, he’d be flayed up one side and down the other for evading the issue.  (Let me repeat what I’ve said many times in these pages:  I’m neither Democrat nor Republican.  I vote for the person, not the party.  As far as I’m concerned, a good person who has the strengths I look for in

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Just how much did that cup of coffee cost?

I’m amused at the brouhaha over the allegedly “accidental” placement of a Starbucks coffee cup in a scene from the latest Game of Thrones episode. Do you really believe that happened “accidentally”?  Do you really think that cup happened to “just end up” in the final season of what may be the most popular HBO show ever, in absolutely plain sight – not hidden behind anything, or in a place where it might have been overlooked?  Do you think that happened despite all the continuity staff’s precautions, the most experienced crews in showbiz, and all the measures against things like that going

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Underwear as an economic indicator?

It seems China is using a new benchmark for economic progress. Sales of boxers and briefs are surging in Liaoning Province, according to The Global Times, a fervently nationalist tabloid controlled by the Communist Party, bringing a bit of good news to a down-and-out part of China’s rust belt that epitomizes many of the country’s economic problems. Cheered by the prospect of a brighter future, the article argued, Liaoning men are upgrading a part of their wardrobe that most of their friends and family will never see. In highlighting such an unorthodox economic indicator, The Global Times is harking back to a

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Scam alert

Four times now, a commenter calling himself “Aaron Harris” has tried to leave a comment like the two below on this blog: Hello everyone reading this message I'm here to ask for your assistance in helping those poor kids out there. I want to feed 5,000 (five thousand kids) in Africans this Christmas and I want to also send them back to school and I'm asking for your help to make this possible. No amount is too small or big $50, $100 any amount will be appreciated. Contact email via (deleted) thanks. Please join me today as I make impact,

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