The banks control everything. We don't need to move to barter, we need to decentralize the monetary system so the each commune prints its own money that is backed by resources not just good faith.

Any easy quick ways to torture yourself at home?
Weekend is here. Your in the mood for an Asian restaurant all is well until your "non-Asian" waitress comes to take your order. You get up to go to the B.R. and see that the cooks are all non-Asian. The music is in English. Did I miss something here? If I go to any ethnic restaurant I want the entire ambiance.

The only thing that matters to me is - does the food seem authentic. If it is cooked by pink people in dresses, I don't care. I went to an vietnamese place once, everyone who worked there was "authentic" looking. The cook used frozen diced "mixed vegetables" like you get in a grade school cafeteria, to make the fried rice. Another place tried to substitute sliced cabbage for the lily petals in my moo shu pork. The waitress/ owner with a heavy Chinese accent tried to tell my that Americans don't like the taste of the petals. I have never returned to either place. But I have had some very fine Phat Thai made by cooks who look like they have never been to ChinaTown that alone to Thailand.

African people are considered a "race". Caucasians are a "race". Asians are a "race". But western hemisphere aboriginals are considered a "breed".

Native American is a checkbox on many government forms

If someone is going to hug you that puts you in an uncomfortable place, what would you do?