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  • HRC lost because Bernie Supporters Stayed Home after she Murdered Seth Rich, Bernie Supporter

    05/23/2017 1:51:44 PM PDT · by txhurl · 23 replies
    FR ^ | 5/23/2017 | Facts
    There's your narrative!
  • HRC lost because Bernie Supporters Stayed Home after she Murdered Seth Rich, Bernie Supporter

    05/23/2017 1:51:44 PM PDT · by txhurl
    FR ^ | 5/23/2017 | Facts
    There's your narrative!
  • Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Says Black Tobacco Farmers Producing More Than Whites

    05/12/2017 9:21:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NewZimbabwe ^ | 11 MAY 2017
    Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has once again defended the chaotic land reform programme boasting that black tobacco farmers are now producing more of the golden leaf than the white commercial farmers during the colonial era. Responding to questions soon after delivering a public lecture on command agriculture at the Midlands State University main campus in Gweru, Mnangagwa said the tobacco production figures justified government's seizure of prime land from the white commercial farmers. "There used to be a man called Ian Smith who used to rule this country. At the height of production of their tobacco they used to produce...
  • Abolish Private Property in Water? California Needs Markets (Stroshane Reconsidered)

    05/10/2017 9:01:34 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 6 replies ^ | May 10, 2017 | Wayne Lusvardi
    It took some 6,000 years for persons to overcome slavery, serfdom, and oppressive rent and taxation to acquire secure property rights to farmland and to adjacent river water (riparian rights – see Joshua Getzler, A History of Water Rights and Common Law, [2004]). Enter Tim Stroshane, a former Berkeley central planner, activist and environmentalist, who proposes to abolish such property rights because farming monopolists in California allegedly fail to “share” water with the hordes of urbanites that want it. This post revisits Stroshane’s case in his 2016 book, Drought, Water Law and the Origins of California’s Central Valley Project (Reno:...
  • Researchers find more efficient way to make oil from dead trees

    05/02/2017 7:10:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | 02 May 2017 | Provided by: University of Washington
    A forest with beetle-killed trees as seen from Mt. Fraser, British Columbia. Credit: Themightyquill/Wikimedia Commons ==================================================================================================================================== The mountain pine beetle has destroyed more than 40 million acres of forest in the western United States. That amounts to an area the size of Washington state that is strewn with conifers left for dead. The beetles introduce a fungus that prevents critical nutrients and water from traveling within a tree. Beetles also lay their eggs under the bark and the feeding larvae help kill the trees, sometimes within several weeks of the initial attack. These standing dead trees can fall at any...
  • Natural Progression of 2010, 2014, 2016 to 2018: DJT will Primary K-Street RINOs

    05/01/2017 7:43:05 PM PDT · by txhurl · 6 replies | 5/1/2017 | history
    '10: Tea Party surges conservatives in the House. Zero sics Lerner for the 501C(3)s and Koskinen after Robert Mercer. '14: Dems crossover after ISIS, Ebola, Obamacare, other make it clear the RATS/Uniparty are intentionally terrorizing Americans. '16: Dems perform the ultimate crossover - 12 million - to elect our President, now fully cognizant their Party has been hijacked. '18: Ex-Dems unite with conservatives to oust the Uniparty that brought us the happenings of today. Mr. President, you must tell us now whom of the obstructionists to jettison, and who to support as primary opponents. There is no time to waste.
  • Lab-Grown Meat Coming to Supermarket Shelves Soon?

    05/01/2017 2:37:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | May 01, 2017 | By Jade Scipioni
    If this Silicon Valley food-tech startup has its way, its lab-grown meat—which includes chicken, duck and beef—will be on a supermarket shelf near you within the next five years. “[We’re] trying to put products on the shelves by 2021/2022,” Uma Valeti, Memphis Meats co-founder and CEO, tells FOX Business. In March, the company announced that it created the “world’s first chicken strip from animal cells,” following their animal-free meatball debut in 2016. Lab-grown beef was previously developed in 2012 by a group of Dutch scientists. “Essentially, we are taking a number of animal cells, giving them clean and nutritious food...
  • delicious BBQ for hungry people

    04/30/2017 5:03:46 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 6 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 4/30/17 | Liveleak
    Quick video of regional, mouth watering cuisine. Video Here
  • California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

    04/28/2017 3:26:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | April 27 | EZRA DAVID ROMERO
    The avocados on the right are Hass, America's favorite variety of the green fruit. At left are GEM avocados, the great-granddaughter of the Hass. GEM avocados grow well in California's Central Valley and, in taste tests, they scored better than the Hass in terms of eating quality. President Trump's tough talk on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada has raised many questions — including how such a move might negatively affect the flow of beloved produce to the U.S. Like the avocado. Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year, two-thirds of which were...
  • The chunky monkey! Macaque nicknamed 'Uncle Fatty' gorges on tourists' food in Thailand

    04/28/2017 8:31:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | Updated: 07:59 EDT, 28 April 2017 | Kelly Mclaughlin
    The 33lb long-tailed macaque weighs twice the normal weight of a macaque Nicknamed 'Uncle Fatty', the monkey was fed by tourists in a Bangkok market Wildlife officials took him in for a health check and monkey 'fat camp' He has been put on a strict diet and made to run a around with other animals They say the money is not sick and that they want him to return to the wild An obese monkey in Thailand is being sent to a fat camp after ballooning to twice the normal weight for his species - by gorging on food from...
  • 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 world’s annual race beginsIf dandelions were hard to grow, we’d pay $2.49 for a slender package of seeds and hold festivals in their honor. There’s 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 world’s 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 district’s 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...