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  • 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 NATIONS—The 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 O’Brien 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...
  • Andrew McCabe, Deputy FBI Director, an FR search

    03/04/2017 6:55:40 PM PST · by txhurl · 42 replies
    FR ^ | 3/4/17 | FR
    http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/mccabe/index?tab=articles Scan these threads if you're not familiar with McCabe. I think he is the plug holding the FBI swamp together, and Trump's sick of the foot-dragging and fear of crossing this guy. His signature will likely be found on the FISA warrant requests.
  • Why Was Civilization So Late in Coming?

    03/02/2017 8:27:54 AM PST · by fishtank · 67 replies
    Creation-Evolution Headlines ^ | February 27, 2017 | crev.info staff
    Why Was Civilization So Late in Coming? Posted on February 27, 2017 According to evolutionists, modern man appeared 200,000 years ago, but civilization appeared only 8,000 years ago. We examine their explanations. An interesting question was asked on Quora and reproduced on Forbes.com: “Why Haven’t We Found Civilizations Older Than 7,000 — 8,000 years?” Taking the bat was Adam Wu, an evolutionary neurosurgeon from Saskatchewan. Here’s a synopsis of his answers:
  • Climate Change 2017: Global Warming Linked To Production Of Bread, Study Reveals

    03/02/2017 5:44:22 AM PST · by blueplum · 24 replies
    IBTimes ^ | 02 March 2017 6:54am | Pranshu Rathi
    The seemingly innocuous loaf of bread you just consumed may be contributing to global warming, according to a new published Wednesday in the science journal Nature Plants. [snip] “We found in every loaf there is embodied global warming resulting from the fertilizer applied to farmers’ fields to increase their wheat harvest. This arises from the large amount of energy needed to make the fertilizer and from nitrous oxide gas released when it is degraded in the soil,” Liam Goucher, lead author of the study, said in a statement. [snip] Although the report notes that cutting down on fertilizers may be...
  • Brazile: DNC staffers got death threats after email hack (Seth Rich murder avenged by DJT?)

    02/26/2017 1:36:31 PM PST · by txhurl · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/17 | The Hill
    797 Brazile: DNC staffers got death threats after email hack © Getty Interim Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Donna Brazile says DNC staffers' lives "were threatened" following Russia's hacking campaign last year. “When it comes to the staff of the Democratic Party, I will stand by them. They are the best and the brightest, the hardest working, the most dedicated, and — let me say this — the most courageous people I know,” Brazile told DNC members on Friday, according to Politico. "I watched for the last seven months people who came to work after their lives were threatened. After...
  • I'm having a good day.Total vanity.

    02/23/2017 6:48:22 AM PST · by Farmer Dean · 40 replies
    I'm having a good day,one of my horses who has been sick for a week turned the corner on his illness last night and is on the mend.I thought I might have to put him down but he's going to be OK.
  • Vigil Planned Outside Queens Slaughterhouse Where Bull Escaped

    02/22/2017 12:30:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    NY1 ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    NEW YORK - Animal lovers will pay their respects to the bull that ran away from a Queens slaughterhouse and died Tuesday. A vigil is being held Wednesday night at the Aziz slaughterhouse on Beaver Road in Jamaica, where the bull escaped from. Bull Who Escaped from Queens Slaughterhouse Has Died Officers chased the bull through the streets for hours, shooting him with tranquilizers. He was eventually cornered at 158th street and 116th Avenue, nearly two miles away. The bull died while on its way to the Animal Care and Control Center in East New York, Brooklyn. The vigil begins...
  • MNfusion: Tullibee Chef Crowned Prince Of Pigs At Cochon555

    02/21/2017 6:48:44 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 2/21/17 | Katie Fraser
    Where’s the beef? Well, it made way for the pork. On Sunday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis, Twin Cities foodies celebrated the pig in all of its glory at Cochon555. An event dedicated to all things pork, Cochon555 celebrates heritage pigs and sustainable farming of the animal. The competition featured five chefs, who compete head-to-head creating dishes using a whole heritage breed pig. The focus is on fine dining. Proceeds from the 14-city event go to Piggy Bank, a charity focusing on sanctuaries for heritage breed pigs and Open Access Agriculture.
  • COPS WARN OF COWS TRYING TO SELL DAIRY PRODUCTS AFTER ESCAPE

    02/20/2017 6:37:56 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 59 replies
    AP ^ | 2/20/17 | Staff
    SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Police in a Connecticut town are reminding people to not open their doors to "any unfamiliar cattle" after a pair of cows escaped from their pen and were found near the front door of a home a couple of houses away.Sgt. Geoffrey Miner tells WGGB/WSHM a driver reported seeing the cows walking on the side of a road and in yards in Suffield on Sunday morning
  • Agents confiscate 13 pounds of horse genitals at airport

    02/17/2017 8:59:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    WEAR-TV3 Pensacola ^ | Thursday, February 16th 2017 | Staff
    STERLING, Va — Authorities at a Virginia airport encountered some unusual baggage when they confiscated 13 pounds of horse genitals and a total of 42 pounds of horsemeat from two women arriving from Mongolia Jan. 29. The two women landed at the Washington Dulles International Airport last month when authorities discovered the meat concealed inside juice boxes, a release from US Customs and Border Protection said. When the women landed, the release said the women were forwarded for a routine agriculture examination. During the examination, agriculture specialists found a combined 42 pounds of meat described as "horsemeat and other ruminant...
  • Students recreate 5,000-year-old Chinese beer recipe

    02/09/2017 9:11:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    phys.org ^ | February 8, 2017 | Alex Shashkevich
    Liu, together with doctoral candidate Jiajing Wang and a group of other experts, discovered the 5,000-year-old beer recipe by studying the residue on the inner walls of pottery vessels found in an excavated site in northeast China. The research, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provided the earliest evidence of beer production in China so far. The ancient Chinese made beer mainly with cereal grains, including millet and barley, as well as with Job's tears, a type of grass in Asia, according to the research. Traces of yam and lily root parts also appeared in...
  • Too much self-tanning lotion? Orange gator puzzles residents

    02/09/2017 1:04:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.thestate.com ^ | February 9, 2017 1:28 PM | Staff
    In a photo provided by Stephen Tatum, an orange alligator is seen near a pond in Hanahan, S.C. Photos show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood. Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe. Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon. Stephen Tatum HANAHAN, S.C. No one seems to know why there's an orange alligator in a pond near...
  • Pork industry says not to worry about a bacon shortage

    02/05/2017 2:02:44 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 42 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | February 1, 2017 8:01 pm | AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An insatiable demand for bacon depleted frozen pork belly supplies in the U.S. to a record low level for December, but the pork industry is confident it can keep up with demand and avoid any serious shortages. Bottom line: A pound of bacon may cost a little more as winter wears on, but prices should stabilize by summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week that pork bellies in cold storage fell to 17.7 million pounds last month, the lowest December inventory since records began in 1957. In comparison, more than 52.3 million pounds...
  • Record radiation level detected inside damaged Fukushima reactor

    02/03/2017 3:01:42 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 72 replies
    Japantoday ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | NA
    A record radiation level has been detected inside the No. 2 reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, with the estimated reading of up to 530 sieverts per hour, the plant operator said Thursday. The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, highlighting the difficulties ahead as the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. grope their way toward dismantling all three reactors that melted down in the March 2011 nuclear disaster. The plant operator also announced that based on an image analysis, a 1-square-meter hole has been found on a metal grating beneath the...
  • Cockfighters reap Year of Rooster bonus in Thailand

    01/29/2017 9:29:10 PM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 29, 2017 | natasha howitt
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Prized birds faced off in front of thousands of spectators at a stadium near Thailand's capital on Sunday as celebrations for the Year of the Rooster brought a windfall for some. Although cockfighting is banned in many countries on grounds of animal cruelty, it is a lucrative business in Thailand as well as a popular pastime. Sunday's top bird sold for over $70,000. "This year is a very good year for us. It's the year of the golden rooster. The value of the roosters has gone up," said Banchej Changyai, 55, who was running the contest south...
  • Feds Facing Order to Redirect Water for Salmon

    01/29/2017 3:35:43 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 5 replies
    http://courthousenews.com ^ | 01/27/2017 | NICHOLAS IOVINO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A federal judge said Friday he will likely order the federal government to reallocate water, some earmarked for commercial interests, to stave off a salmon die-off on the California-Oregon border. Two Native American tribes sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation last year, claiming its bungled management of Klamath River waterways allowed a deadly parasite to infect 91 percent of endangered juvenile Coho and Chinook salmon.
  • <p>Bean Soup, Yankee Style</p>

    01/29/2017 3:16:13 PM PST · by Little Bill · 35 replies
    self ^ | 1/29/2017 | Self
    A Formula for White Bean Soup, much beloved by we in NE for its flavor and it ties to our Yankee Past. One pound Great Northen Beans, One Large Onion, One Pound Salt Pork.
  • Book Review of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning"

    01/23/2017 1:11:52 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 5 replies
    Environmentalism is Fascism ^ | 1-23-2017 | William Kay
    “As the new Republican administration marches the English-speaking world out of Europe’s climate crusade transatlantic relations will surely plummet. At the same time, and to the mortification of Europeans, US-Russia relations will probably thaw. After all, it wasn’t Moscow that led a 30-year economic warfare campaign against America’s energy infrastructure via the ruse of Global Warming; no, that was our old “Allies” in Berlin. Insights into European deep-state machinations can be gleaned from Timothy Snyder’s Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning – published in 2015 by the German media conglomerate, Bertelsmann ....
  • Ugh, here we go again!For the Third Year in a Row, Earth Has Warmest Year on Record in 2016

    01/18/2017 12:13:51 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 32 replies
    Weather channel ^ | 1/18/2017 | Weather
    For the third year in a row, the Earth has set a record for warmth, according to three analyses just released from three government agencies. The planet's mean surface temperature in 2016 was 0.99 degrees Celsius above the late 20th-century average, topping the previous record set in 2015 of 0.87 degrees above average, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
  • Study finds association between eating HOT PEPPERS and DECREASED MORTALITY

    01/16/2017 2:33:16 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 91 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 1/13/17 | N/A
    Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who found that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality - primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke—in a large prospective study. Going back for centuries, peppers and spices have been thought to be beneficial in the treatment of diseases, but only one other study—conducted in China and published in 2015 - has previously examined chili pepper consumption and its association with mortality. This new study corroborates...
  • Fish and Chirps? Crickets Make Leap in Demand as a Protein

    01/14/2017 5:05:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jan 13, 2017
    At Tomorrow's Harvest farm, you won't find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets. It's one of a growing number of operations raising crickets for human consumption that these farmers say is more ecologically sound than meat but acknowledge is sure to bug some people out. Once consumers get beyond the ick factor, they say, there are a lot of benefits to consuming bugs.
  • Fish and chirps? Crickets make leap in demand as a protein

    01/13/2017 8:28:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    AP ^ | By LISA RATHKE
    WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) -- At Tomorrow's Harvest farm, you won't find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets. It's one of a growing number of operations raising crickets for human consumption that these farmers say is more ecologically sound than meat but acknowledge is sure to bug some people out. Once consumers get beyond the ick factor, they say, there are a lot of benefits to consuming bugs. "We don't need everybody to eat insects," said...
  • Cayenne Pepper: King Of The Herbs

    01/08/2017 12:12:52 AM PST · by Sontagged · 99 replies
    Your Cayenne Pepper Guide ^ | 2010 | Glenn Reschke
    If cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum) is not the king of medicinal herbs, it is certainly a prince among them due to the incredible health benefits it gives. It may have been presumptuous for me to have first coined it "king of herbs" but I feel it is just that -- for there is no other medicinal herb or spice that can do what it can. If you have heard about Capsicum or are interested in its benefits, you've come to the right place. Bold to say yes, but I stand by it. For I am the one who conducted the...
  • Kansas family’s pet deer shot by game warden

    01/07/2017 8:34:29 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 59 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | January 4, 2017 | Michael Pearce
    On Dec. 19, 2016, Kansas game wardens came to the home of Mark and Kim Mcgaughey regarding a deer they said the family kept illegally as a pet. The mule deer doe, which the family had named Faline and which they had had for about 22 months, was eventually shot and killed by game wardens a few minutes later on the property. (Video courtesy of Taryn Mcgaughey) brader@wichitaeagle.com A western Kansas family is angry that game wardens killed a deer that had been their pet for 22 months and “was like one of the family.” Kim Mcgaughey said the deer...
  • Study: Chickens Might Be as Smart as Dolphins

    01/06/2017 7:18:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 101 replies
    Often dismissed as bird-brains, chickens are showing they’ve got some smartsAs we get ready to launch ourselves into the Year of the Rooster, here’s news that could give you new respect for the humble chicken. Researchers have determined that chickens are smarter than we think, have a good measure of self-control, and might even have Machiavellian tendencies. A study published this week in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Animal Cognition, revealed that those bird-brained chickens are actually pretty smart, as most backyard chicken farmers have long maintained. Neuroscientist Lori Marino authored the paper, which compiled the conclusions of several studies showing...
  • Chillies could help beat cancer as research finds capsaicin destroys diseased cells

    01/03/2017 7:16:57 AM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated12:24, 3 JAN 2017 | ByAntonia Paget
    Chillies could help fight breast cancer after scientists revealed the spicy ingredient causes diseased cells to self destruct. Capsaicin, the active component that gives chillies their trademark kick, can switch on specialised channels surrounding cancer cells causing them to die. Other cancers including colon, bone and pancreatic could also be killed off by the compound. However, capsaicin isn't effective if it's eaten, inhaled or injected, and researchers think it will only be effective as a pill attached to another drug that targets cancer cells. Scientists from Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, treated human samples of breast cancer cells with the hot...
  • Ban Chinese Food Imports Until Approved by New (Trump) USDA

    12/16/2016 3:59:34 PM PST · by ExpatCanuck · 6 replies
    Vanity | Vanity
    We keep hearing stories about how Chinese food companies are growing livestock (sea food, pigs, cows, fowl) in deplorable and unhealthy conditions. Animals being fed on their own filth and hormones and who knows what, or other animal's filth, or the ground up body parts of their own species. Then WE happily consume them because they are available cheap at Acme or Costco or Walmart. How about a new Trump FDA rule that states any foreign country that supplies food to the USA is subject to the same rules that apply to USA companies?
  • Trump on Verge of WIIN-ing California Water War Before Taking Office ("There was no drought")

    12/13/2016 8:05:41 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 21 replies
    MasterResource.org ^ | December 13, 2016 | Wayne Lusvardi
    “There is no drought….If I win, believe me, we’re going to start opening up the water so that your farmers can survive” – Candidate Donald J. Trump, May 27, 2016, Fresno, California “If we don’t move now, we run the real risk of legislation that opens up the Endangered Species Act in the future, when Congress will again be under Republican control, this time backed by a Trump administration.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), “Latest Compromise Drought Relief Bill Receives Praise, Opposition”, Capital Press, December 7, 2016. President-Elect Donald J. Trump is poised to score a win-WIIN deal in the California...
  • My Proposal for Import Duties/Reindustrialization

    12/13/2016 10:04:28 AM PST · by Brian Griffin · 20 replies
    Brian Griffin | 12/13/2016 | Brian Griffin
    The following are my preliminary thoughts on import duties and reindustrialization: I believe we should abandon (officially denounce) trade treaties and go to a generally duty/barter-based system which would be updated from time to time by the Congress. Congress should try to steer global trade into a generally financially balanced system with some exemptions for consumer friendly producers. My proposal allows low-income countries to earn US dollars to pay for American drugs and other necessities. In brief: 1. financially balanced trade in motor vehicles and their parts, with cheap electric car exemptions until January 2024 2. US-only for building supplies,...
  • Bright Idea: Delectable Corn Fungus

    12/03/2016 5:36:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Maclean's ^ | November 21, 2016
    A delicious novelty food with an ugly name Sharon OosthoekGreat minds do not think alike, and thatÂ’s why universities and colleges are the mother of inventions. Click here for the rest of our Bright Ideas series. Click here for the rest of our Campus Food series.Barry Saville: Trent UniversityBarry Saville has spent much of his career figuring out how to stop fungi from infecting food crops. But for the past three years, the Trent University professor has been deliberately infecting corn with a fungus that produces large, whitish-grey kernels he believes have potential as a niche product for market farmers....
  • General Mills Joins $4 Million Pollinator Initiative

    12/02/2016 9:11:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KSTP ^ | December 01, 2016
    Minnesota-based General Mills will be part of a partnership that will plant more than 100,000 acres of pollinator habitat over the next five years, the company announced Thursday. General Mills, the Xerces Society and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are teaming up on the $4 million project to support farmers across the United States by offering technical assistance to plant and protect habitat like native wildflower field edges and flowering hedgerows. The habitats will serve bumble bees, squash bees, honey bees and butterflies as well as the crops they pollinate. The funding will also support six biologists who will offer...
  • GREEN Snow Blankets Russia After Accident at a Chrome Factory Causes it to Change Colour

    11/30/2016 12:27:37 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11-30-2016 | Will Stewart
    Freakish green snow blanketed the Russian Ural Mountains today - caused by pollution at a chrome factory. The disturbing emerald scene was caused by an 'accident' at a plant in Pervouralsk, in the industrial Chelyabinsk region, said officials. They insisted there was no danger to the health of locals. 'The accident today happened on a pipe between a pump and a cleaning station,' said a spokesman at Russian Chrome company. 'Some of the water pumped from under the ground went on the surface.'
  • Archaeological excavation unearths evidence of turkey domestication 1,500 years ago

    11/23/2016 10:15:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 21, 2016 | Provided by: Field Museum
    Turkey eggshells and bones from an offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico. Credit: © Linda Nicholas, The Field Museum. ================================================================================================================================ The turkeys we'll be sitting down to eat on Thursday have a history that goes way back. Archaeologists have unearthed a clutch of domesticated turkey eggs used as a ritual offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico—some of the earliest evidence of turkey domestication. "Our research tells us that turkeys had been domesticated by 400-500 AD," explains Field Museum archaeologist Gary Feinman, one of the paper's authors. "People have made guesses about turkey domestication based on the presence or...
  • Video: When turkeys explode

    11/23/2016 10:11:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 21, 2016 | Provided by: American Chemical Societ
    Credit: The American Chemical Society ============================================================================================================================ There are three times more cooking fires—the most common cause of house fires—on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. And the thousands of "turkey-fryer explosion" videos on YouTube are a testament to why frozen turkeys and hot oil are an especially dangerous mix. With the holiday coming up, Reactions teamed up with the District of Columbia Fire Department to explain the chemistry behind grease fires, how they happen and how to avoid them this Thanksgiving. Watch the video here: Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-video-turkeys.html#jCp
  • Researchers talk turkey: Native Americans raised classic holiday bird

    11/23/2016 10:02:51 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 21, 2016 | Provided by: Florida State University
    Credit: Yathin S Krishnappa ============================================================================================================================ Hundreds of years before the first Thanksgiving, Native Americans were raising and feasting on America's classic holiday meal. Florida State University Associate Professor of Anthropology Tanya Peres and graduate student Kelly Ledford write in a paper published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports that Native Americans as early as 1200 - 1400 A.D. were managing and raising turkeys. This is the first time scientists have suggested that turkeys were potentially domesticated by early Native Americans in the southeastern United States. "In the Americas, we have just a few domesticated animals," Peres said. "Researchers...
  • Model predicts elimination of GMO crops would cause hike in greenhouse gas emissions

    11/10/2016 8:36:09 AM PST · by JimSEA · 29 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/8/2016 | Purdue University
    A global ban on genetically modified crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, a study by researchers from Purdue University shows. Using a model to assess the economic and environmental value of GMO crops, agricultural economists found that replacing GMO corn, soybeans and cotton with conventionally bred varieties worldwide would cause a 0.27 to 2.2 percent increase in food costs, depending on the region, with poorer countries hit hardest. According to the study, published Oct. 27 in the Journal of Environmental Protection, a ban on GMOs would...
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    11/09/2016 10:36:30 PM PST · by wille777 · 23 replies
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  • What will happen to the White House veggie garden?

    11/04/2016 6:30:54 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 65 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 2 Nov 2016 | Janet Eastman
    What will happen to the White House veggie garden? (photos) By Janet Eastman | The Oregonian/OregonLive Email the author | Follow on Twitter on November 02, 2016 at 1:00 PM, updated November 02, 2016 at 1:02 PM Everyone who has left behind a beloved garden to move to a new home can feel First lady Michelle Obama's pain. She worries that her vegetable garden on the South Lawn might be altered -- or worse -- when new occupants take over the White House. Her husband, President Barack Obama, voiced his concern during a Wednesday radio interview on the syndicated Tom...
  • Soybean Exports Were Responsible For One-Third Of American Growth In Q3

    10/28/2016 8:55:57 AM PDT · by mrsmith · 5 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | Oct 28, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    "... the spike in exports - which curiously came a time of a stronger dollar - was the highest seen in over two years, and amounted to $49 billion in chainged dollars, or roughly 41% of the nominal $119 billion annualized increase in Q3 GDP. Where it gets even more surprising is looking into just what the exported commodity was. The answer: soybeans... So according to the US government Bureau of Economic Analysis, in the quarter, goods exports amounted to $41 billion of the $119 billion chained dollar increase, while Soybeans accounted for some $38 billion of this number. Or,...
  • Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes

    10/28/2016 6:57:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 2016 9:24 AM EDT | Jeff Martin and Janet McConnaughey
    Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South. The very worst conditions — what forecasters call “exceptional drought” — are in the mountains of northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, a region known for its thick green forests, waterfalls and red clay soil. […] The drought has spread from these mountains onto the Piedmont plateau, down to the plains and across 13 southern states, from Oklahoma and Texas to Florida and Virginia, putting about 33 million people in drought conditions, according to...
  • Ghost pepper burns hole in man's esophagus

    10/19/2016 7:41:10 AM PDT · by dware · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10.19.2016 | Ben Guarino
    A ghost pepper's heat is described in terms normally reserved for carpet bombings. Its heat is measured at 1 million units on the Scoville scale, a per-mass measure of capsaicin - the chemical compound that imbues peppers with heat - that until recently was a world record. Peppers that pass the 1 million mark are called superhot; as a rule they are reddish and puckered, as though one of Satan's internal organs had prolapsed. To daredevil eaters of a certain stripe, the superhot peppers exist only to challenge. When consumed, ghost peppers and other superhots provoke extreme reactions. "Your body...
  • The Poachers turned Gamekeepers: Kenyan Tribesmen Swap their Spears for GPS Trackers to help ....

    09/28/2016 4:39:11 PM PDT · by Cecily · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 28, 2016
    Their ancestors would hunt lions on the African plains in revenge attacks for killing their livestock. But now young men from the Maasai heartland in southern Kenya are swapping their spears for GPS equipment in a bid to protect the endangered big cats as part of a conservation scheme. The tribesmen, dressed in traditional clothing, set out most days to track the lions, giving the co-ordinates of their locations to conservation charities.
  • Clinton's Water Plan Runs Up Hill(ary) Towards Money

    09/26/2016 6:57:17 AM PDT · by WLusvardi · 1 replies
    Masterresource.org ^ | September 26, 2016 | Wayne Lusvardi
    “In California, they say: ‘water runs uphill toward money.’ To that, now should be added the adage: ‘Water runs up-Hillary to money’.” News flash: Hillary’s Western Water Plan would trickle up to elites. “The Clinton plan states that: ‘the United States has 17 national labs that work on energy, but not one that is focused exclusively on water’.” However, the Federal EPA already runs four water and environmental technology laboratories in Research Park, North Carolina (health effects); Cincinnati, Ohio (engineering); Corvallis, Oregon (ecology); and Las Vegas, Nevada (monitoring). This is not to mention that in California Fresno State University runs...
  • Class action against FEMA over nationwide arbitary flood zones (Vanity)

    09/19/2016 4:30:17 PM PDT · by LambSlave · 36 replies
    LambSlave
    I found that in 2009 Douglas County Nevada tried to sue FEMA because their flood models were grossly incorrect, which resulted in many properties being incorrectly classified as requiring flood insurance that were not in flood zones. Reading around the net, it seems this is an endemic problem, and from speaking to surveyors online, they claim that 75 -85% of all these claims that they have worked are overturned-- the properties are in fact not in flood zones. Worse, the banks take advantage of this and buy insurance for the mortgage holder at outrageous rates. Both of these things happened...
  • Oldest textile dyed indigo blue found [6200 yrs]

    09/14/2016 8:25:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 09/13/2016 | Staff
    George Washington University researcher has identified a 6,200-year-old indigo-blue fabric from Huaca, Peru, making it one of the oldest-known cotton textiles in the world and the oldest known textile decorated with indigo blue. Credit: Lauren Urana The discovery marks the earliest use of indigo as a dye, a technically challenging color to produce. According to Jeffrey Splitstoser, lead author of a paper on the discovery and assistant research professor of anthropology at the George Washington University, the finding speaks to the sophisticated textile technology ancient Andean people developed 6,200 years ago. "Some of the world's most significant technological achievements were...
  • Michelle Obama And Ellen DeGeneres Get Into All Kinds Of Trouble Shopping At CVS Together

    09/14/2016 9:40:06 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 28 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 8/14/16
    Michelle Obama spoke about what she’ll miss the most when she and her family leave the White House during appearance on “Ellen” Tuesday. To help the first lady get used to normal life again, DeGeneres decided to take Obama down to a CVS in a clip aired Wednesday to make sure she still knows how to use coupons, turn coins into cash with Coinstar and, of course, push a shopping cart around. “You push the basket because nobody’s going to push it for you,” the comedian says before the pair begin their shopping adventure.
  • Bacon-filled tractor-trailer burns for hours in Cumberland

    09/06/2016 7:21:06 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 30 replies
    times-news.com ^ | 9/5/15 | staff
    CUMBERLAND — A tractor-trailer carrying bacon caught fire and burned on Interstate 68 in Cumberland Monday, shutting down eastbound traffic from 6 p.m. to midnight, according to Cumberland Fire Department Capt. Steve Grogg. Grogg said the truck was loaded with a variety of pork products including ribs. "We'd rather have something like that than a hazardous material," Grogg said.