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  • How do we adjust in an age of migrants on the move? (Plants)

    04/24/2017 9:25:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    The Daily Astorian ^ | Matt Winters
    The plant worlds annual race beginsIf dandelions were hard to grow, wed pay $2.49 for a slender package of seeds and hold festivals in their honor. Theres often a fine line between what we define as a weed or esteem as a pretty little flower. This distinction is front of mind this time of year as the plant worlds annual race begins for real, everything busting out into bud and bloom over the next few weeks. It would take a lot of willpower to pull off with a straight face, but we just might get away with redefining our luxuriant...
  • Water District Mulls Ways to Sweep French Broom From Santa Cruz Sandhills

    04/22/2017 7:53:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 4/22 | Ryan Masters
    It grows in dense thickets that block sunlight and out-compete native specialty plant species, many of which are listed as endangered, said Jen Michelsen, the water districts environmental programs manager. However, removing mature French broom in the sandhills habitat is challenging because of its huge root systems. The water district manages roughly 2,000 acres of land in the San Lorenzo Valley Watershed. Of that land, 180 acres is sandhills habitat within the Olympia Watershed an area in the Zayante area northeast of Felton. The sandhills are basically the exposed remnants of an ancient seabed. In 1963, the fossil remains...
  • What to eat for breakfast if you want to have a productive day

    04/19/2017 6:38:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 95 replies
    www.news.com.au ^ | April 19, 2017 3:02pm Aussie Time | Hannah Ferrett
    THE saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but apparently only if you eat the right thing. Those hoping to hear the full English is the way forward will be sorely disappointed too. According to William Cole, who specialises in nutrition, what we should be eating first thing is a little more unusual. He told Mind, Body, Green that a breakfast crammed with fat is the key to maintaining energy levels throughout the day, and eating this way will make you more productive.
  • Which Weeds Are Edible?

    04/18/2017 1:54:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 106 replies
    Scarsdale10583 ^ | CYNTHIA ROBERTS | MONDAY, 17 APRIL 2017
    "Wildman Steve Brill" served the audience dandelions, chickweed and onion grass during his presentation on edible weeds at the Scarsdale Public Library on March 31. Steve Brill has been foraging, or gathering wild foods, for over 35 years. Early on he was arrested and handcuffed by undercover park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park. Subsequently, after his educating the New York City Parks Department, they hired him to give public foraging tours in Central Park. We dipped corn chips into a delightful pesto made with garlic mustard. Garlic mustard (scientific name Alliaria petiolata) came from Europe and parts...
  • Genetically Modified Pigs Could Ease Organ Shortage

    04/17/2017 11:37:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Updated Dec. 1, 2016 12:44 p.m. ET | By Amy Dockser Marcus
    Researchers breed animals whose organs may be compatible with humans There are more than 120,000 people in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant and not enough donors. The dire shortage has led some researchers to consider an unusual solution: They are breeding genetically modified pigs whose organs could be compatible for human transplant. Researchers have been trying for decades to make animal-to-human transplants work, a process known as xenotransplantation. Pigs are a particularly promising source of organs. They produce big litters. Organs such as the kidney and liver are similar... To Read the Full Story Subscribe
  • Swiss Oasis for Legal Cannabis, Without the High

    04/17/2017 9:57:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Local ^ | 14 April 2017
    A grey-haired woman in her early 60s daintily lifts small trays topped with different varieties of marijuana to her nose, sniffing each of them carefully. "Which one would you recommend for someone with medical issues?" she asks salesman Paul Monot, co-founder of the DrGreen shop in western Switzerland. Posters of bright green cannabis plants advertise its wares, which, like those sold openly in a growing number of shops across Switzerland, are completely legal. There is a catch however: They won't make you high. "There is no psychotropic effect of our weed," says Monot, at his store in Lausanne. On display...
  • West Texas Tornado Tonight, Epic Wedge (Youtube link only).

    04/14/2017 8:54:26 PM PDT · by waterhill · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/14/2017 | na
    Short clip (40 seconds or so). Got an email a little while ago from a friend who is a storm geek/chaser. Kinda cool.
  • A Hunting We Will Go

    04/14/2017 9:38:55 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 5 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 4/14/2017 | blueunicorn6
    It's that time of year again! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for THE GREAT DOG EASTER EGG HUNT! We'll be filling pastel colored, plastic Easter eggs with dog treats and hiding them in the living room for the furry fools to find! It's kind of like a cross between a Black Friday department store opening and a shark feeding frenzy. Actually, that's the same description I would use for when the keg gets tapped at the family reunion. I guess the difference here is that the dogs don't pull knives on each other. The Little Dog would if he...
  • Keep An Eye Out For Me

    04/07/2017 8:46:21 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 18 replies
    Stuff | 4/7/2017 | blueunicorn6
    My wife's eye popped out. No, not this morning. It happened back when she was a kid. It was back in the dark ages. You know.....the 60s. I had her tell me about it once. Once. I don't remember much about the details except that her mother spit on her eye and pushed it back in. That's how mothers dealt with medical issues back in the 60s. They spit on it. I fell off the monkey bars once and cracked open my head. They put cement under monkey bars back then. None of that sissy sawdust for us. "It'll make...
  • Fruits and vegetables' latest superpower? Lowering blood pressure

    04/06/2017 10:59:00 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 19 replies
    meicalexpress.com ^ | April 5, 2017 | Alicia A. McDonough et al
    "Decreasing sodium intake is a well-established way to lower blood pressure," McDonough says, "but evidence suggests that increasing dietary potassium may have an equally important effect on hypertension." Hypertension is a global health issue that affects more than one billion people worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that hypertension is responsible for at least 51 percent of deaths due to stroke and 45 percent of deaths due to heart disease. McDonough explored the link between blood pressure and dietary sodium, potassium and the sodium-potassium ratio in a review article published in the April 2017 issue of the American Journal of...
  • Clone Kraft's Catalina Salad Dressing

    04/06/2017 9:31:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.food.com ^ | Recipe by Miss Annie
    Ingredients Yield 2 cups (approximately) Units US 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 dash paprika 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder 1⁄2 teaspoon celery seed 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard grated onion, to taste 1⁄2 cup vinegar 2⁄3 cup ketchup 1 cup vegetable oil Directions Place all ingredients into blender and mix. Store in jar in refrigerator. Shake before using.
  • How DJT should blame Valerie Jarrett for TWICE patsy-ing Susan Rice (Benghazi/SurveilGate)

    04/03/2017 2:28:10 PM PDT · by txhurl · 21 replies
    History ^ | 4/3/17 | freeper
    Just as Holder patsied Loretta Lynch to meet with Bill Clinton on the tarmac. Apparently he also patied Jeh Johnson for DHS robbing on SecsofState Election Databases. Also, Prolixus correctly called Rice four days ago: To: springwater13 Susan Rice 80 posted on 3/31/2017, 5:32:47 PM by Prolixus (Drain the swamp!!!) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3539881/posts?q=1&;page=51
  • Road Runner: Interstate 10 dust warning measures set to grow in 2017

    04/02/2017 11:09:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) ^ | March 5, 2017 | Murphy Woodhouse
    Imagine a dust storm, driven by monsoon downbursts, building near the Maricopa-Pinal county line. There are thousands of Interstate 10 motorists and hundreds of thousands of Phoenix exurb residents who would probably want to know about such a storm before the stinging, blinding wall of sand arrives. But does all of metro Phoenix need to get the alert? Likely not, but the National Weather Services Ken Waters told the dozens of attendees at the annual dust-storm workshop in Coolidge last week that thats exactly what would happen with the existing cellphone warning system in place for dust events. If Im...
  • I Got Dumped On

    04/01/2017 10:32:33 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 53 replies
    Rubbish | 4/1/2017 | blueunicorn6
    "In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." Young men spend a lot of time thinking of love. I sure did when I was a young man. Spring would come with Daffodils and Robins and me having thoughts of love. Of course, I was having thoughts of love in Summer, Fall and Winter, too, but Spring really seemed to bring out the thoughts of love in me. I grew up in the 70s and the girls wore Hot Pants. Hot Pants seemed to bring out the thoughts of love in me, too. I'd like to...
  • Italian Police Disrupt Protest to Prevent Olive Grove Removal

    03/28/2017 3:32:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Vincenzo Damiani and Giancarlo Navach
    Italian police broke up a protest by environmentalists trying prevent the removal of a grove of olive trees dating back centuries standing in the way of a $40 billion pipeline to bring Asian gas to Europe. The trees, including some more than 100 years old, are in the path of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the final stage of the so-called southern gas corridor designed to reduce the European Union's dependence on Russian energy. On Monday, a top Italian court gave the go-ahead to start work on TAP, rejecting appeals by local authorities in the southern Puglia region who wanted...
  • Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snap

    03/27/2017 7:53:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/27/17 | yahoo
    A mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the citys cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds. The cold weather killed half of the blossoms on the Yoshino cherry trees just as they were reaching their peak. The National Park Service says on its website that peak bloom was...
  • On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

    03/20/2017 6:52:34 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 13 replies
    Dave Grossman ^ | 1-11-33 | Dave Grossman
    On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs - Dave Grossman By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of "On Killing." Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? - William J. Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval...
  • State Ordered to Provide Disabled Inmate with Motorized Wheelchair

    03/15/2017 5:01:39 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | March 15, 2017 | Joel Stashenko
    ALBANY - Denying an inmate a motorized wheelchair is discriminatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, a federal judge has ruled. Northern District Judge Mae D'Agostino found that the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision...failed to show that there were such safety risks in giving Nathaniel Wright the electric wheelchair that they outweighed his right to have the device.... Wright, 55, will complete a five-year sentence from Monroe County for first-degree sexual abuse next month.
  • New company finds success designing shovels and other farm tools designed for women.

    03/15/2017 1:48:23 PM PDT · by pa_dweller · 55 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | 3/15/17 | Lisa Scheid
    Tasked with helping design a shovel for women, the Penn State University graduate student watched a few of them digging, and felt embarrassed for them. "They are all digging wrong," he whispered to Liz Brensinger as they observed the volunteers pushing a shovel into the ground. As part of the design process, they videotaped scores of women farmers and gardeners. The most noticeable difference was the extreme angle of the shovel. But, it wasn't the women who were wrong, it was the shovel, said Brensinger, co-owner of the company that commissioned the study. "It wasn't what he was used to...
  • U.N. Says World Faces Largest Humanitarian Crisis Since 1945

    03/11/2017 6:18:40 AM PST · by chuckee · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 11, 2017
    Humanitarian chief urges funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria UNITED NATIONSThe world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945, with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Friday. Stephen OBrien told the U.N. Security Council that without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death and many more will suffer and die from disease. He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria, plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid to avert...