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#69628 Mar 17, 2014
former res wrote:
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I only ate lunch there once 35 years ago while on a one-day tour from Hong Kong.(My dad lived in HK for a couple of years while working for IBM.)
The country was only recently opened up and they put on quite a show for us - children singing American show tunes etc.
Very drab colors; many people riding old fashion bikes with big balloon tires; peasants trying to sell us pieces of sugar cane.
I remember eating some sort of fried fish which tasted ok; though it could just have easily been dog meat (or mixed with dog meat; or monkey brains).
Almost anything tastes good breaded and fried, esp when you're hungry.
My relatives who did make the trip enjoyed the food very much. Though most of the time they had no clue what the food was nor did they want to know.

Bottom line is that China is huge country, and it is impossible to typify the food.

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#69629 Mar 17, 2014
http://tinyurl.com/nypjlhz

And this is why you give an inch, they take a mile...

http://tinyurl.com/nypjlhz

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#69630 Mar 17, 2014
CREATIONISM & SCIENCE SHOULD BE RESTRAINED

Science can claim to be complete and not the partial discipline that it is the day it can demonstrate the following:

1) The synthesis of sentience from scratch in a lab.

2) The synthesis of a living organism like say a human being from an assembly of molecules.

3) Conquest of death.

4) Revival of a corpse via electrochemical or any other physical means.

5) Creation of a quark from energy.

6) Demonstrate in a lab the origin of the universe from "nothing" - a scaled down version would do

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#69631 Mar 17, 2014
Science is as absurd as creationism where the most fundamental phenomena are concerned since it has failed to achieve all of the above (1 to 6) .
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#69632 Mar 17, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
<quoted text>What is a "Michelin Star"?
I have to admit that although I have vaguely heard of the Michelin guide, I never met anyone who still used it. Zagats, otoh, is used widely. I use YELP a lot. Trip Advisor - sometimes to ID possibilities but never for the reviews because they are always subjective - a few who love, a few who hate....
".....The reviewers are supposed to concentrate on the quality, mastery of technique, personality and consistency of the food, not on interior décor, table setting, or service quality...."
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http://culinarytravel.about.com/od/planningcu...
The term "Michelin Star" is a hallmark of fine dining quality -- which is pretty funny considering that Michelin is, in fact, a tire company. But the Michelin company launched its first guide book in 1900 to encourage road tripping in France, and started anonymously reviewing restaurants by means of a three-star system in 1926.
Michelin awards 0-3 stars on the basis of anonymous inspections by reviewers. The reviewers are supposed to concentrate on the quality, mastery of technique, personality and consistency of the food, not on interior décor, table setting, or service quality.
There are annual Michelin guides available for countries and cities all over the world, mostly outside the United States.(In the U.S., there are Michelin guides to New York, San Francisco, and since 2010, Chicago. The company discontinued its Los Angeles and Las Vegas Guides in 2009.)
Since Michelin started in France, the guides are sometimes accused of having a bias towards French cuisine/style/technique, or towards a snobby, formal dining style. In New York City, for instance, there are seven restaurants that received the top three-star rating, and only one of them greatly varies from a classic and formal dining experience.(That's Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, where the meal is served at a kitchen table.) Check out the list of celebrity chefs who failed to receive three Michelin stars.
Aren't ALL reviews subjective? Movie? book? restaurant? architecture? music? how was the party? How was your burger last night at MacKenzie's? Is she pretty?

And don't forget Urban spoon - similar to Yelp IMO.

Zagat is all written by diners too, just like Trip Advisor.

And if I recall correctly, décor and atmosphere are part of Zagat reviews as well.

Zagat I think you have to pay for and trip advisor is free! I don't necessarily want to buy a guide for one visit to a place. Thought I know you can subscribe monthly or so online. have had fairly good luck with trip advisor.

My mom and stepdad used Michelin 20 years ago , when he was still alive and they still traveled. It was a big book as I recall. never used it myself as your piece says kind of passé.

Zagat is good though. It's a total of 4 or 5 scores (areas of evaluation) for each place. The two of them met in law school as I recall and started to collate reviews just for their friends and that's how the guide got started.
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#69633 Mar 17, 2014
Chowhound is another one.

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#69634 Mar 17, 2014
former res wrote:
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Aren't ALL reviews subjective? Movie? book? restaurant? architecture? music? how was the party? How was your burger last night at MacKenzie's? Is she pretty?
And don't forget Urban spoon - similar to Yelp IMO.
Zagat is all written by diners too, just like Trip Advisor.
And if I recall correctly, décor and atmosphere are part of Zagat reviews as well.
Zagat I think you have to pay for and trip advisor is free! I don't necessarily want to buy a guide for one visit to a place. Thought I know you can subscribe monthly or so online. have had fairly good luck with trip advisor.
My mom and stepdad used Michelin 20 years ago , when he was still alive and they still traveled. It was a big book as I recall. never used it myself as your piece says kind of passé.
Zagat is good though. It's a total of 4 or 5 scores (areas of evaluation) for each place. The two of them met in law school as I recall and started to collate reviews just for their friends and that's how the guide got started.
forgot about Urban spoon. Used them too

What I dont like about trip advisor is that there is no attempt to rank. Its just comments. Which is fine. And dont get me wrong, I have used the site plenty of times - mainly for lodging. But what I found is that all it really is is opinion, and rarely is there a discernible trend. There are always those that love the place, and those who had a bad experience. Zagats is more methodical, even if it is subjective.

Obviously the point about Michellin is that Mr Pansy claims that ambience, etc is important but yet his pet guide does not even consider tit.
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#69635 Mar 17, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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My relatives who did make the trip enjoyed the food very much. Though most of the time they had no clue what the food was nor did they want to know.
Bottom line is that China is huge country, and it is impossible to typify the food.
Though dog may be universal?:)

Absolutely.

Same thing with the language and I'm sure other aspects of the culture as well.

I always know to look for [Szechuan cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, or Szechwan cuisine ] type food when I'm looking for the spicy stuff at a Chinese restaurant.
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#69636 Mar 17, 2014
Cult of Reason wrote:
http://tinyurl.com/nypjlhz
And this is why you give an inch, they take a mile...
http://tinyurl.com/nypjlhz
These people are not just religious nuts, they are at least borderline retarded!

Just as with China, this is a big country (with different cultures) and there are areas where know I wouldn't want to live due to the thinking; politics; religious control "stand your ground" BS...and so on.

Much of the south, probably most of Utah. Texas, FL etc. The bible belt etc. Give me Vermont, Colorado...places where gays can smoke weed and marry!:))
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#69637 Mar 17, 2014
Frijoles wrote:
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forgot about Urban spoon. Used them too
What I dont like about trip advisor is that there is no attempt to rank. Its just comments. Which is fine. And dont get me wrong, I have used the site plenty of times - mainly for lodging. But what I found is that all it really is is opinion, and rarely is there a discernible trend. There are always those that love the place, and those who had a bad experience. Zagats is more methodical, even if it is subjective.
Obviously the point about Michellin is that Mr Pansy claims that ambience, etc is important but yet his pet guide does not even consider tit.
Trip Advisor absolutely does rank restaurants, hotels, sights/attractions etc. I use it all the time and find it very useful for just about everything.

Look at the restaurant reviews for Stamford - 1 through 384.

Went to the 19 Hole a while back and wasn't too impressed but really enjoyed Pellicci's. The rankings kind of reflected my own experience.

Plant to return to Pellici's son. sp?

ps...I think wounded or wore down Joel.

Either that or he's in the corner molting.

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#69638 Mar 17, 2014
former res wrote:
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These people are not just religious nuts, they are at least borderline retarded!
Just as with China, this is a big country (with different cultures) and there are areas where know I wouldn't want to live due to the thinking; politics; religious control "stand your ground" BS...and so on.
Much of the south, probably most of Utah. Texas, FL etc. The bible belt etc. Give me Vermont, Colorado...places where gays can smoke weed and marry!:))
Unfortunately, this stuff happens here in the Northest as well. Here was a famous one that happened in RI recently:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Ahlquist
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#69639 Mar 17, 2014
STEFANO COLONNA wrote:
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.....The real question is why this lunatic idiot [Joel] is always wearing someone else's skin?
One of the best posts ever.

This is why I picture Joel in the corner quietly molting.
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#69640 Mar 17, 2014
Cult of Reason wrote:
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Unfortunately, this stuff happens here in the Northest as well. Here was a famous one that happened in RI recently:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Ahlquist
It really sxcks that she had to be on the receiving end of all the wrath.

Ignorance and fear (and hate) all seem to walk hand in hand.

This is the kind of thing Palin was selling during that election "palling around with terrorists"/Rev Wright comments/he's not one of us/ he's not American.

First make the people stupid (thank you Fox News); then put some fear into them (again Fox); then make sure you stir in some hatred. It will naturally follow anyway after they're stupid and scared.

This girl sues based on the law, and wins. But she's viewed as "other" or different because she doesn't share their views on religion. She's clearly a threat.

Did you happen to catch Bill Maher this weekend?

More pointed than usual - re the new movie about Noah's Ark.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-maher-absolut...

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#69641 Mar 17, 2014
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It really sxcks that she had to be on the receiving end of all the wrath.
Ignorance and fear (and hate) all seem to walk hand in hand.
This is the kind of thing Palin was selling during that election "palling around with terrorists"/Rev Wright comments/he's not one of us/ he's not American.
First make the people stupid (thank you Fox News); then put some fear into them (again Fox); then make sure you stir in some hatred. It will naturally follow anyway after they're stupid and scared.
This girl sues based on the law, and wins. But she's viewed as "other" or different because she doesn't share their views on religion. She's clearly a threat.
Did you happen to catch Bill Maher this weekend?
More pointed than usual - re the new movie about Noah's Ark.
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-maher-absolut...
I'm sure she'll do fine. She's a resilient individual and very mature for her age. Look up some interviews of her if you get a chance.

And is this really much different from American Atheists being made to look like uncaring idiots for doing basically the same thing re the 911 cross?

Bill Mahr - very funny and spot on for those that take the bible literally.

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#69642 Mar 17, 2014
former res wrote:
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It really sxcks that she had to be on the receiving end of all the wrath.
Ignorance and fear (and hate) all seem to walk hand in hand.
This is the kind of thing Palin was selling during that election "palling around with terrorists"/Rev Wright comments/he's not one of us/ he's not American.
First make the people stupid (thank you Fox News); then put some fear into them (again Fox); then make sure you stir in some hatred. It will naturally follow anyway after they're stupid and scared.
This girl sues based on the law, and wins. But she's viewed as "other" or different because she doesn't share their views on religion. She's clearly a threat.
Did you happen to catch Bill Maher this weekend?
More pointed than usual - re the new movie about Noah's Ark.
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-maher-absolut...
BTW- in an act of marketing genius, you can now buy t-shirts with the motto "Evil Little Thing"
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#69643 Mar 17, 2014
Cult of Reason wrote:
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BTW- in an act of marketing genius, you can now buy t-shirts with the motto "Evil Little Thing"
Just the kind of girl I always looked for in my younger days!
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#69644 Mar 17, 2014
Cult of Reason wrote:
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I'm sure she'll do fine. She's a resilient individual and very mature for her age. Look up some interviews of her if you get a chance.
And is this really much different from American Atheists being made to look like uncaring idiots for doing basically the same thing re the 911 cross?
Bill Mahr - very funny and spot on for those that take the bible literally.
Maybe not much different. But then again...

The 9/11 thing is such a unique situation in terms of the rawness of the feelings, the loss etc. I would tend not to mess with those folks.

I don't even know how the thing is funded. Is it all public money?

Let me ask you this. If there were a Holocaust Museum that were funded 100% with public money, would you allow there to be Jewish religious symbols, the Jewish star etc?(with no corresponding other religions represented?)

Again, I wouldn't mess with those folks. I see it as different than one of a million public high schools. I see it as a special case.

(And we've been to the Holocaust Museum in DC - it's gut-wrenching. Not sure how it's funded.)

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#69645 Mar 17, 2014
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Maybe not much different. But then again...
The 9/11 thing is such a unique situation in terms of the rawness of the feelings, the loss etc. I would tend not to mess with those folks.
I don't even know how the thing is funded. Is it all public money?
Let me ask you this. If there were a Holocaust Museum that were funded 100% with public money, would you allow there to be Jewish religious symbols, the Jewish star etc?(with no corresponding other religions represented?)
Again, I wouldn't mess with those folks. I see it as different than one of a million public high schools. I see it as a special case.
(And we've been to the Holocaust Museum in DC - it's gut-wrenching. Not sure how it's funded.)
Same argument, if it's publicly funded. While Jews were the biggest victims of the holocaust, others died as well so equal opportunity to show any and all religious symbols, or none at all. How would you feel if your were non-Jewish and religious and your family died in a concentration camp, but they refused to allow you to memorialize them with a symbol of your religion?
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#69646 Mar 17, 2014
Cult of Reason wrote:
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Same argument, if it's publicly funded. While Jews were the biggest victims of the holocaust, others died as well so equal opportunity to show any and all religious symbols, or none at all. How would you feel if your were non-Jewish and religious and your family died in a concentration camp, but they refused to allow you to memorialize them with a symbol of your religion?
Fair enough.

Broader definitions include approximately two to three million Soviet POWs, two million ethnic Poles, up to 1,500,000 Romani, 200,000 handicapped, political and religious dissenters, 15,000 homosexuals and 5,000 Jehovah's Witnesses, bringing the death toll to around 11 million. The broadest definition would include six million Soviet civilians, raising the death toll to 17 million.[277] A research project conducted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum estimated that 15 to 20 million people died or were imprisoned.[6] R.J. Rummel estimates the total democide death toll of Nazi Germany to be 21 million. Other estimates put total casualties of the Soviet Union's citizens alone to about 26 million.[281]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust#Vi...

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#69647 Mar 17, 2014
Cult of Reason wrote:
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Same argument, if it's publicly funded. While Jews were the biggest victims of the holocaust, others died as well so equal opportunity to show any and all religious symbols, or none at all. How would you feel if your were non-Jewish and religious and your family died in a concentration camp, but they refused to allow you to memorialize them with a symbol of your religion?
I have only been to the holocaust museums in LA and in Israel, but both of them, if I recollect, had exhibits about non Jews as well. Its to the world's and the Jewish people's benefit for everyone to understand the holocaust in its entirety.

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