What we're about

Every month, we will post links to three unrelated web pages, usually news stories, to discuss at dinner. People are to read these articles (and other sources if they so wish) and come and have dinner to discuss them. The intent is that this REQUIRED reading will take about 2 hours. The events will generally be on Sunday or Saturday evening to give people time during the weekend to do the reading.

The idea is to be like a book club, but with far more modest demands on peoples' time.

RSVP's will be limited.

There will also be a focus on having a nice meal from a variety of international cuisines, the restaurants will have a different nationality every time. We will only go to restaurants that agree in advance to do separate checks. Specific information about the price of a restaurant (if not a link to an online menu) will be provided.

A *DEPOSIT* will be required to RSVP which will be *REFUNDED* *IN* *CASH* when you show up at the meetup on time. However, this feature of meetup has been broken in recent months, so people may get in free -- so be it.


This meetup does not allow anonymous members. All new members must have a picture, less than 10 years old, clearly showing their face, posted, and must post a human first name. There are two main reasons for this:

• Part of the experience that I am trying to create is that people will get to know each other, and when deciding whether to attend, will be able to look at who has RSVP'ed and recognize their friends. People who don't list the names they are referred to while present, and who don't have recognizable pictures of themselves up, are very hard to keep track of.

• Anonymous people are sometimes very badly behaved. For example, they will lie in the discussion on the event pages or on the discussion board, and it can take a lot of work and research to expose them as liars, at which point they just trade in their old anonymous identity for a new one. Also, anonymous people tend to be much more rude than others. For those reasons, I would prefer that everybody in attendance have a reputation at stake.


Sometimes there will be pre-event discussion, as comments on the event page, or on the discussion board, about the topics. Rude comments will be deleted at the organizer's discretion, as will comments by people who won't be attending, especially if they are running down the topics.

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Chinese Food: Inflation & "Greed", Twitter, Everybody's for Riots

Famous Sichuan


This month we will be going to Famous Sichuan, a fine Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. We will be sitting at one of the big round tables.

There will be no vaccine requirement for this event.

There is a $5 DEPOSIT to reserve a spot, which will be REFUNDED IN CASH ten minutes after the event starts. No-shows and latecomers forfeit their deposit. If you cancel more than 24 hours before the event, you will receive an electronic refund.


Elizabeth Warren and Robert Reich say the Fed shouldn't raise interest rates to fight inflation, the problem is "corporate greed".

One question that I have for both Warren and Reich is, if "corporate greed" or "monopolies" are the problem, why did we have almost no inflation prior to the massive spending associated with the pandemic? Were corporations "less greedy" and/or markets "less consolidated" 3 years ago?

Here's another, broader, article about the many possible causes of inflation: Forbes article on inflation


Elon Musk wants to radically change Twitter


It just dawned on me that most Americans approve of rioting nowadays.

Most Democrats feel that Antifa "punching Nazis" is just fine, never mind that Anfifa is so far left that they can't tell a "Nazi" from a typical McCain voter.

Most Democrats felt that BLM looting and arson were justified. I've had a lot of arguments with Democrats about Kyle Rittenhouse, and part of their thinking seems to be that BLM burning 40 buildings down in his hometown was a "noble cause" and it was none of his business to interfere with it.

When the Proud Boys held a peaceful event in New York City, the Antifa came and attacked them. The Proud Boys fought back in self-defense and won. Some of the Proud Boys went to jail for years, and the Antifa, who started it, weren't even arrested. The position of the Manhattan District Attorney was "Our rioters are just fine, while we'll throw the book at your rioters.".

And Republicans feel that "election fraud" was enough of an outrage to justify overpowering the Capitol police, 140 of whom were injured, and rushing into the Capitol without being searched for weapons, and nearly reaching the politicians, who fled for their safety.

I think the fraction of Americans who feel that rioting is not called for is a very small minority of the public at this point.


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