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  • How To Get An F On A Test Drive

    03/04/2015 8:33:19 AM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 16 replies
    Nothing Better To Do | March 4, 2015 | blueunicorn6
    I finally had to put Old Gus out of my misery. Gus was the pickup I inherited from my Father. I wouldn't call Dad a hoarder, but the man had a collection of shoestrings. "Well, the boots might wear out, but you can always use the strings for stuff like hanging up pictures." You should have seen his art collection. Naked Mexican ladies hanging by a shoestring. That sounds like a new Showtime series. But I digress. Old Gus was like a brother to me. In fact, in Dad's will, he left me to Gus. Oh, I'll bet the lawyer...
  • Suspected Israeli nationalists torch Christian seminary in Jerusalem

    Suspected Israeli nationalists set fire to a Christian seminary in Jerusalem and vandalized an elementary school in Nablus on Thursday, officials said. The attacks, which came a day after a similar group burned a mosque near Bethlehem, have been characterized as hate crimes by Israeli officials and "terrorism" by Palestinians. According to local media reports, the assailants poured flammable liquid into a bathroom window of the Greek Orthodox seminary and ignited it. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said "anti-Christian" slogans were scribbled in Hebrew on the seminary's walls — including “Jesus is a son of a whore” and “the redemption of...
  • Scientific Dogs

    02/23/2015 2:56:45 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 4 replies
    A Misspent Youth | 23 February 2015 | blueunicorn6
    My friend Jerry works for the Fish and Game. I guess they teach fish how to play Monopoly or something. He's had some interesting jobs. One time, he had to shock fish. I saw that movie about the Cuckoos Nest, so the fish must have been wiseacres and deserved it. I went along as an unpaid volunteer. Dad always said, "The workman is worth his wages". I had to carry this metal pole out into the river. Normally, as I found out later, they use a car battery for electricity when they shock fish. Jerry figured that if a little...
  • Is Sweden's Missan the world's oldest living cat?

    02/23/2015 9:20:01 AM PST · by 9thLife · 30 replies
    The Local SE ^ | Published: 22 Feb 2015 16:46 GMT+01:00 | unattributed
    Missan, 29, may be the world’s oldest cat, according to its Swedish owner who says that aside from suffering from some minor back and kidney problems, there is no reason why her furry friend won't make it to the grand age of 30. Missan the Swedish farm cat is turning 30 this spring and may be the world oldest living cat. By far. “I read an article about another cat that was supposed to be the world’s oldest, and I just thought to myself: ‘mine is older!’,” Missan’s owner Åsa Wickberg, from Karlskoga, told the TT news agency. According to...
  • The Far Right or The Truth Or Else

    02/23/2015 8:00:48 AM PST · by SirTaurus · 1 replies
    Kentucky Derby ^ | 2/22/2015 | Kentucky Derby
    Gotta hear this Strech Call the Far right edges out the truth or else @ the wire..... http://www.kentuckyderby.com/prep_races/2014/southwest-0 The Truth or Else and Mr. Z, who had been battling before Far Right swept past them both, were separated by a nose at the wire. Runner-up The Truth or Else banked five Derby points and now has a total of six, while Mr. Z's third-place effort (two points) gave him 14 all told.
  • Goat Farmers, Producers Handle Increased Demand for Dairy

    02/22/2015 10:03:16 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 02/21/2015 | KOURTNEY LIEPELT
    Buying two goats in August 2008 was little more than an experiment for farmer Paula Olson and some entertainment for her daughters. Six and a half years, 14 milking goats and roughly $300,000 later, she's in the midst of constructing a small-scale creamery in Madrid, Iowa, that's set to feature goat milk, cheese, ice cream and more. And though her creamery isn't yet open, Olson said local businesses have begun inquiring about her products, prompting her to already consider expanding.
  • Royal Bluegrass: Prince Charles Coming to Kentucky

    02/20/2015 12:11:08 PM PST · by skinkinthegrass · 17 replies
    rcnky.net ^ | 02/20/2015 | Staff report
    Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Washington, DC and Louisville. The visit to the nation's capital is scheduled for March 17-20 and then the heir and his wife come to Louisville on March 20. In Louisville, they will highlight the work being done by members of the local community and charitable organizations to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of the people of Kentucky's largest city through community cohesion, clean air, and food literacy initiatives, according to a news release.
  • Driver arrested for allegedly dragging donkey behind truck

    02/17/2015 8:40:53 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    KSAT ^ | 02/16
    CONROE, Texas - A Houston-area man has been accused of dragging a donkey behind his vehicle as other drivers called 911 to report the apparent animal abuse. Montgomery County jail records show 21-year-old Nasim Irsan was being held Monday on a charge of cruelty to livestock animals. Online jail records do not list bond or an attorney for Irsan, who was booked Saturday night into the jail in Conroe. Deputies responding to reports of a pickup truck dragging a donkey located the moving vehicle and rescued the animal, which had a rope around its neck. The rope was tied to...
  • Vegan MYTHS Debunked with Lierre Keith || Louder With Crowder [VIDEO]

    02/15/2015 11:54:40 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 46 replies
    GoogTube ^ | 14FEB2015 | Steven Crowder
    This week, we sat down with Lierre Keith, author of "The Vegetarian Myth" to learn about why Vegans are wrong. She can be found at http://www.lierrekeith.com/
  • Dealer: Mexican weed up in smoke

    02/11/2015 5:09:20 PM PST · by SpeakerToAnimals · 44 replies
    The Pueblo Chieftain ^ | 2-11-15 | peter strescino
    The market for Mexican marijuana has dried to a whiff and “everybody and his mother” is growing their own product, says a Puebloan who has been selling pot here for more than 20 years. - The current legal recreational market is fueled by people from out of state, Tracy said. Colorado users, weary of the high taxation on the product, have taken to growing, getting their “red card” for medicinal marijuana or even using Craigslist to score pot. - See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/news/3292183-120/marijuana-tracy-market-dealer#sthash.D9Z5fiLF.dpuf
  • Ancient Romans ate meals most Americans would recognize.

    02/10/2015 1:07:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Inside Science ^ | February 3, 2015 | Joel N. Shurkin
    Let's pretend it is 56 B.C. and you have been fortunate enough to be invited to a party at the home of Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, a great social coup. Piso, after all, was Julius Caesar's father-in-law and a consul of Rome. What's for dinner? You need to prepare for pig. Archaeologists studying the eating habits of ancient Etruscans and Romans have found that pork was the staple of Italian cuisine before and during the Roman Empire. Both the poor and the rich ate pig as the meat of choice, although the rich, like Piso, got better cuts, ate meat...
  • Raise the Flag High: Queer Farming in Rural America (USDA helping, of course)

    01/26/2015 4:20:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | January 22, 2015 | Lori Rotenberk
    In a black and white photo snapped in the early 1940s, a young, central Ohio farm girl beams from beneath a straw hat. Around her neck is a small scarf; she wears a pair of overalls. The photo arrived with a simple but joyfully blunt note from the subject, now a 77-year-old farmer in rural Ohio: “Here’s me, butch Gael!”Only age 9 when it was taken, she already had a faint understanding that she was a lesbian. Aware of her differences, Gael buried a lack of love for frills in acceptable rural tomboyishness. For more than a decade she hid...
  • [University of Maryland Lecturer]UC Berkeley Lecture:It Is Necessary to Apply Transgender Studies to

    02/07/2015 8:36:03 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 54 replies
    NRO ^ | February 6, 2015 | By Katherine Timpf
    The University of California–Berkeley is hosting a lecture about how it is “necessary” to apply gay and transgender studies to agriculture because agriculture is all about reproduction and our food systems will suffer if we don’t. “So why queer agriculture? This seems like an odd question . . .” says the description, prompting an “uh, yeah” in my head, before continuing with “. . .but it becomes more obvious with research and analysis.” That second part I’m not so sure about, however, considering how many times I felt like my brain was going to explode as I continued reading. “Since...
  • Dinner At Piso's: Ancient Romans ate meals most Americans would recognize

    02/07/2015 9:01:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 62 replies
    Inside Science ^ | Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | Joel N. Shurkin, Contributor
    Let's pretend it is 56 B.C. and you have been fortunate enough to be invited to a party at the home of Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, a great social coup. Piso, after all, was Julius Caesar's father-in-law and a consul of Rome... You need to prepare for pig. Archaeologists studying the eating habits of ancient Etruscans and Romans have found that pork was the staple of Italian cuisine before and during the Roman Empire. Both the poor and the rich ate pig as the meat of choice, although the rich, like Piso, got better cuts, ate meat more often and...
  • 8-Month Time-Lapse Shows How an Acorn Grows Into an Oak Seedling

    02/04/2015 9:25:41 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 27 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/04/15 | Michael Zhang
    Scientific photographer Neil Bromhall of Right Plants 4 Me created this time-lapse showing the birth of an oak tree. It reveals how an acorn turns into an oak seedling over the course of 8 months from September through April.
  • I saw the true Church of God

    01/27/2015 2:57:37 PM PST · by ravenwolf · 42 replies
    my own | 1/27/2015 | randwolf
    Mathew 18 1 AT that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who thinkest thou is the greater in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them, 3 And said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me. 6...
  • Curcumin's ability to fight Alzheimer's studied

    01/20/2015 12:46:10 PM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 01/13/2015 | Provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    One of the most promising new treatments for Alzheimer's disease may already be in your kitchen. Curcumin, a natural product found in the spice turmeric, has been used by many Asian cultures for centuries, and a new study indicates a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease. "Curcumin has demonstrated ability to enter the brain, bind and destroy the beta-amyloid plaques present in Alzheimer's with reduced toxicity," said Wellington Pham, Ph.D., assistant professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt and senior author of the...
  • How to Work: The Most Important Self-Reliance Skill Ever

    01/14/2015 6:21:11 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    Mother Erf ^ | February/March 2015 | Steve Maxwell
    Few other dreamers I’ve known have managed to fulfill their ambitions. In my experience, most dreams don’t die because of a lack of practical homesteading skills or passion, but rather become casualties of the failure of knowing to work efficiently to get enough of the right kind of work done. Bills pile up, gardens don’t get planted, roofs continue to leak, enthusiasm wanes. The cause of these problems often goes unrecognized until passion is cold, relationships frazzled and finances exhausted. Knowing how to work efficiently on a homestead where you are your own boss requires a specific skill set that...
  • My Observations at COP-20, Lima, Dec. 2014*

    01/13/2015 7:05:40 AM PST · by rktman · 1 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 1/12/2015 | Dr. Albrecht Glatzle
    It’s unfortunate that Pope Francis now also joined the church of climatology [1]. However, many of his followers in the Catholic realm will doubt that this is a command by St. Peter. A few weeks ago I returned home from attending the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP-20, at Lima, Peru. This mega-event gave me the impression of a clerical synod by a world-encompassing religious community. There were many nice people from all corners of the world whom I had cordial conversations with. They all meant the best for planet Earth. However, the main problem of this event was...
  • Eric Holder Eaten By Tourists In France

    01/11/2015 8:56:36 AM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 26 replies
    A Warped Mind | 11Jan 2015 | blueunicorn6
    Eric Holder was eaten by tourists today in France as they had mistaken him for snails. "The restaurant owner told us to look for something slimy, and there's nothing slimier than Eric Holder", said tourist Nils Gagongen. "We thought he was kind of tall for a snail, but there was no mistaking the slimy trail he left behind him." President Obama expressed regret at the loss of his Attorney General. "Eric was a fine toady and evidently quite tasty" remarked Obama.
  • Lumbersexual? Forest Journal: The fine art of distinguishing NH's real men

    01/08/2015 6:19:04 AM PST · by woodbutcher1963 · 50 replies
    NH Union LEader ^ | January 3, 2015 | Jack Savage
    Take one flannel shirt, one Mike Napoli beard circa October 2013, mix in an iPhone 6 and some workboots, then add an overpolished ax and flavor with homebrewed craft beer and you've got the latest lifestyle fashion trend for men: the "Lumbersexual." You think I'm making this up. But go ahead, Google it. I dare you. Unless you're somewhere in the vicinity of Pyongyang, your friendly neighborhood Interweb will bring you the full monty search results, from GearJunkie and Gawker, Buzzfeed and Jezebel, The Atlantic and Time, and even Cosmo ("Are You Dating a Lumbersexual?"). Buzzfeed plunge-cuts to the heartwood,...
  • Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 [CHEESE!]

    12/30/2014 1:54:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | December 25, 2014 06:10am ET | by Megan Gannon, News Editor
    Thanks to the careful work of archaeologists, we learned more in the past year about Stonehenge's hidden monuments, Richard III's gruesome death and King Tut's mummified erection. From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are 10 of Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of 2014. 1. An Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis [snip] 2. Stonehenge's secret monuments [snip] 3. A shipwreck under the World Trade Center [snip] 4. Richard III's twisted spine, kingly diet and family tree [snip] 5. A teenager in a "black hole" [snip] 6. Syria by satellite...
  • Update: 30,000 People Really Did Buy Poop On Black Friday

    12/16/2014 7:02:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 36 replies
    laist ^ | 12/13/2014 | Juliet Bennett Rylah
    On Black Friday, we told you that 30,000 people may have purchased actual poop in a box. Today, we're pleased to report that it's true: 30,000 Americans bought poop. The offer came from Cards Against Humanity—that filthy, hilarious mab libs card game created by a few Highland Park, Illinois residents that markets itself as a "party game for terrible people." They claimed to be offering 'actual bull****' for a mere $6 to U.S. residents only. They were very clear that customers should expect to receive feces from a live bull in a box delivered to their door, and nothing more....
  • Why Elizabeth Warren does not equal Ted Cruz

    At the height of the debate over a $1.1 trillion spending bill last week, we examined the similarities and differences between Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who protested the measure from opposite ends of the political spectrum. Later, as the bill approached passage and won approval over the weekend, we saw a key distinction emerge: Cruz was willing to hold up the process to make his point. Warren was not. Warren opposed the bill because of a provision that would relax a restriction on Wall Street banks. In press conferences and Senate floor speeches, Warren spoke out...
  • Ok all I have a Lawn/Gardening Question...

    12/15/2014 7:45:44 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 36 replies
    15 Dec 21014 | US Navy Vet
    I have about 1.5 acres of land in my back yard and I need advice on what/when to plant on it so all the dirt does now wash down to the bottom. Whatever I plant/seed needs to come in thick and fast. My daughter had 2 horses back there and now the land is pretty bare.
  • Jack FM turkey 'cook or save' vote slammed by Brian May [Queen guitarist]

    12/14/2014 8:59:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | December 11, 2014 | unattributed
    A radio station that asked listeners to vote on whether two turkeys should be killed has been criticised by animal lovers - including Queen guitarist Dr Brian May. And the RSPCA has urged Jack FM to rethink the online vote on whether the turkeys should be cooked or kept alive. The RSPCA said it opposed any practice with the "potential to cause animals pain... in the name of entertainment". Currently, 62% of people have voted to save the turkeys, named Sage and Onion. The Oxfordshire station said if listeners voted to kill the pair in the "cook it or keep...
  • Pardoned White House Turkey Defects To ISIS

    12/04/2014 5:45:13 PM PST · by xzins · 23 replies
    DuffelBlog ^ | 27 Nov 14 | G-Had
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior U.S. officials are literally calling “fowl” after the Thanksgiving turkey pardoned by President Obama publicly defected to the Middle Eastern terrorist group ISIS. Popcorn the Turkey, now calling himself Babakurn al-Turki, was pardoned from the dinner table only yesterday by President Obama in a public ceremony at the White House. Normally the pardoned bird is sent along with its competitor to live out its remaining days at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill in Leesburg, Virginia. However, U.S. officials have now admitted that al-Turki instead hijacked an Osprey out of Andrews Air Force Base in nearby Maryland and...
  • The Progressive War on Science

    12/01/2014 6:07:31 AM PST · by Heartlander · 20 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Saturday, Nov. 29 2014 | Margaret Wente
    An epidemic of whooping cough has broken out in California. Not long ago, this ancient scourge had been banished by modern medicine. But now it’s back, thanks to people who believe modern medicine is dangerous. These folks are not ignorant backwoods hicks. Many of them have advanced degrees. They live in some of the nicest neighbourhoods on Earth – places like Marin County, Napa and Malibu. But they believe that vaccines cause autism or worse. Immunization rates in some of the more fashionable California schools resemble those in the more backward parts of Africa. At the Valley Waldorf City School...
  • Haters Call Pumpkin Spice Craze an Epidemic

    11/26/2014 9:37:38 AM PST · by cyclotic · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/26/2014 | Ilan Brat
    It used to be easy for people like Kristen D’Amico, who can’t stand the taste of pumpkin pie. She merely had to say no to a slice of it on Thanksgiving Day. Not anymore. A rising tide of products flavored with pumpkin pie spice has flooded grocery store shelves and restaurant menus, and not just near her home in Deltona, Fla. Friends tease the 34-year-old stay-at-home mother with gleeful photos and text messages about pumpkin lattes, coffee creamers and pies. Relatives mock her, she says, at Thanksgiving dinner for shunning pumpkin in all its forms. The pumpkin craze “really is...
  • 150 roosters used for fights euthanized in California

    11/26/2014 8:57:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 26, 2014
    DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. -- Authorities say about 150 fighting roosters have been euthanized after being discovered at a home in Southern California. The Desert Sun reports that police found the birds Tuesday while investigating reports of gunshots in an area near Desert Hot Springs, north of Palm Springs. The roosters were humanely put down by Riverside County Animal Services. The agency says it doesn't offer roosters for adoption because they're worth hundreds of dollars and would likely be sold for illegal fights. Officials say the owner of the birds was detained and turned over to U.S. Border Patrol for...
  • Rise in Crop Production increasing levels of Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere

    11/21/2014 7:51:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Maine News ^ | 11/21/2014 | Betty Laseter
    Scientists have revealed that levels of carbon dioxide increase in the Northern Hemisphere during summers each year as plants absorb carbon dioxide to convert sunlight into food. The CO2 levels again rise as the plants release CO2 after the growing season. Scientists have found that corn, rice, wheat and soybean are the four leading crops that account for maximum CO2 release in the atmosphere of Northern Hemisphere. Crops act as sponge for CO2 and it could be said that the sponge effect has become bigger because of the advancements in agricultural techniques, leading to more production. There is a sharp...
  • Benjy the ‘gay’ bull saved from slaughter by Simpsons co-creator

    11/18/2014 9:50:31 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 60 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 18 Nov 2014 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    A ‘gay’ bull has been saved from slaughter by the only person who could have truly understood the ridiculousness of the situation – the co-creator of the Simpsons. Benjy the bull was being prepared for the chop after vets said his sexual orientation was the reason he wouldn’t breed. That’s when Sam Simon, who helped start cult cartoon comedy, stepped in. ‘All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he’s gay would’ve been a double tragedy,’ said the 59-year-old producer who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. After being told he was...
  • Manufacturers warn that the world may soon run out of chocolate

    11/17/2014 9:00:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    theweek.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Catherine Garcia
    Start hoarding those Hershey's Kisses and stockpile your Snickers: The world could soon experience a chocolate shortage. Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut, two of the world's largest chocolate makers, say that's the path we're headed down. They cite a perfect storm of factors: Less cocoa is being produced as more and more people are devouring chocolate. In 2013, consumers ate about 70,000 metric tons more cocoa than was produced, The Washington Post reports, and that deficit could go up to 1 million metric tons by 2020. The Ivory Coast and Ghana produce more than 70 percent of the world's cacao...
  • ‘Wee Stinky’ to Bloom For First Time Since 2012 (Article and Photos)

    11/16/2014 10:44:09 AM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | November 12, 2014 | KATHLEEN BITTER
    In the fall of 2002, a seed was planted in the conservatory greenhouse on Tower Road. Over 10 years the seed grew up into a plant that had leaves, but no flowers to speak of. In the spring of 2012, Prof. Melissa Luckow, plant biology, got a phone call. “You don’t really have any warning until it actually happens,” Luckow said. Courtesy of Craig Cramer: Ready to goThis photo of Cornell’s titan arum plant was taken last week.Next week, the plant is expected to open up, revealing its flowers. The plant, known as titan arum, was finally going to bloom,...
  • The EPA Threatens to Ban – ARGON ?

    10/29/2014 6:50:04 AM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 56 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | 29 October 2014 | Anthony Watts, Eric Worrall
    This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “noble” cause corruption. Documentation follows. From IceAgeNow - the American EPA has stunned observers, with a list of inert additives for pesticide formulations they intend to ban, which includes the noble gas Argon. Its hard to imagine a more inoffensive substance than Argon. As a noble gas, Argon is chemically inert – it participates in no chemical reactions whatsoever, except under exotic conditions – there are no known chemical compounds which can survive at room temperature which include Argon. Argon is not a greenhouse gas. But Argon is incredibly useful to...
  • Scientists Discover First ‘Virological Penicillin’(Honeysuckle)

    10/24/2014 7:07:29 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 64 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | 10/14/2014 | Natali Anderson
    Chinese researchers have discovered what they say is the first ‘virological penicillin’ – MIR2911, a molecule found naturally in a Chinese herb called honeysuckle. Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is a well-known Chinese herb. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been used to effectively treat influenza infection for centuries. Several previous studies have confirmed that the herb, usually consumed in the form of a tea, can suppress the replication of influenza virus. However, the active anti-viral components and the mechanism by which they block viral replication have remained unclear. Now, a team of researchers headed by Dr Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University...
  • Newsbytes: World food production at record levels

    10/23/2014 10:05:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Despite all the gloom and doom from people like Paul Ehrlich and the warmers who say global warming will stunt food production, the reality is far different. It seems the increase in CO2 along with adaptive crop genetics may have combined to produce this bonanza. Based on the latest forecasts for production and utilization, world cereal stocks at the close of crop seasons ending in 2015 would surge to 627.5 million tonnes, up 8.3 percent from an already large volume at the start of the season and its highest level in 15 years. Maize would account for the biggest increase,...
  • Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek

    10/22/2014 2:15:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    www.centnews.com ^ | 2014-10-22 18:00:08 | Richard INGHAM
    France - Scientists said Wednesday they had unravelled the oldest DNA ever retrieved from a Homo sapiens bone, a feat that sheds light on modern humans' colonisation of the planet. A femur found by chance on the banks of a west Siberian river in 2008 is that of a man who died around 45,000 years ago, they said. Teased out of collagen in the ancient bone, the genome contains traces from Neanderthals -- a cousin species who lived in Eurasia alongside H. sapiens before mysteriously disappearing. Previous research has found that Neanderthals and H. sapiens interbred, leaving a tiny Neanderthal...
  • Senator: Emails Reveal EPA, Green Group in ‘Beyond Cozy’ Relationship

    10/14/2014 7:17:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 10/14/2014 | Kelsey Harkness
    Republican lawmakers say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enjoys a “beyond cozy” relationship with a liberal environmental action group that seeks to reshape national energy policies in a way that would hurt American businesses and families. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, told The Daily Signal that the Natural Resources Defense Council played an “absolutely inappropriate” role in drafting the EPA’s new carbon emissions plan. “The EPA has been one of the least transparent agencies I have ever seen, but it’s become apparent that their lack of transparency is to hide the...
  • Pig farms rebound from virus; meat prices may drop

    10/11/2014 8:26:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 11, 2014 10:23 AM EDT | David Pitt
    A virus that killed millions of baby pigs in the last year and led to higher pork prices has waned thanks to warmer weather and farmers’ efforts to sterilize their operations. And as pigs’ numbers increase, sticker shock on things like bacon should ease. Already, hog supplies are on the rise, with 5.46 million baby pigs born between June and August in Iowa, the nation’s leading producer—the highest quarterly total in 20 years and a record 10.7 surviving pigs per litter, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. It’s a significant turnaround from a year ago when the porcine...
  • Bavarian farmer diapers cow over EU rules plan (ban cow dung on hills > 15% grade)

    10/09/2014 9:06:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Oct 2014 11:12 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The Bavarian Farmers Association (BBV) is calling foul on new rules proposed by the European Union Commission to ban cow dung from hillsides with a gradient more than 15 percent. The goal is to avoid water pollution by stopping nitrates from leaching into ground waters. “We demand that Germany stops this ban,” said Upper Bavaria BBV president Anton Kreitmair at Wednesday’s protest. “Slurry and dung are not pollutants, but valuable fertilizers.” The protest had no placards or slogans—just Doris the cow, wearing a plastic sheet tied around her rear end by farmer Johann Huber. “We have no regular Pampers; the...
  • Doctors find potato growing inside Colombian woman, apparently used as a contraceptive

    10/08/2014 8:57:24 PM PDT · by knak · 75 replies
    fox 6 ^ | 10/5/14 | katie delong
    COLOMBIA (WITI) — “My mom told me that if I didn’t want to get pregnant, I should put a potato up there, and I believed her,” the woman said. And that’s just what the woman did! According to Colombia Reports, the 22-year-old woman sought medical attention after experiencing abdominal pains, and medical staff discovered a potato growing inside the young woman. The woman apparently had the potato inside her body for about two weeks before she began to experience abdominal pains. The potato had germinated, and grew roots inside her body. Initially, the nurse who examined the woman thought the...
  • Monsanto posts larger-than-expected 4Q loss

    10/08/2014 8:50:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 11:38 AM EDT | Matthew Perrone
    Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. reported a wider-than-expected loss Wednesday for its fourth quarter on higher expenses, including a one-time legal settlement. The company’s earnings forecast for 2015 also fell short of analysts’ expectations as Monsanto said it expects “continued industry headwinds.” […] The loss came despite higher sales of the company’s two key business units, genetically-engineered seeds and herbicide. …
  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana

    09/27/2014 10:38:21 AM PDT · by LucyT · 79 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 26, 2013 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    Unregulated genetically modified wheat... in a second location in the United States... in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The department said it is investigating the discovery of the Montana wheat, which is a different variety than the genetically modified wheat found in Oregon.
  • French farmers torch tax office in Brittany protest

    09/21/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 Sept. 2014 | unknown
    French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have set fire to tax and insurance offices in town of Morlaix, in Brittany. The farmers used tractors and trailers to dump artichokes, cauliflowers and manure in the streets and also smashed windows, police said. Prime Minister Manuel Valls condemned protesters for preventing firefighters from dealing with the blaze. The farmers say they cannot cope with falling prices for their products. A Russian embargo on some Western goods - imposed over the Ukraine crisis - has blocked off one of their main export markets. About 100 farmers first launched an overnight attack...
  • Jurassic Farm: Can we bring prehistoric bovines back from extinction?

    09/10/2014 1:40:01 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    modernfarmer.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | By Kristan Lawson
    The 21st-century back-to-the-farm movement stems from our yearning to escape the artificiality of modern urban life. Yet the domesticated plants and animals now found in most gardens and farms are themselves artificial, the results of extensive human meddling, cross-breeding and genetic manipulation. Mankind began engineering what we now call “farm animals,” including cattle, all the way back in the Neolithic period, between 10,000 and 5,000 B.C. Try as you might, you won’t find an untamed Jersey cow that originated naturally in the wild, because no such thing exists — just like there’s no such thing as a wild labradoodle. Cattle...
  • Most Vitamins Are From China. It’s a Bigger Problem Than You Realize

    09/08/2014 6:59:46 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 92 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | February 6, 2014 | Michelle Yu
    If you are taking vitamins, there is a good chance that they were imported from China. An aging population and growing focus on health in the United States has fueled the growth of a $28 billion vitamin and nutritional supplement market, and it is expected to continue to grow at about 3 percent a year. Over half of American adults are popping vitamins and supplements. They may not be aware they are eating products made in China, or made using raw materials from China. China has captured over 90 percent of the Vitamin C market in the United States, according...
  • More And More Cows Are Giving Milk (To Robots)

    09/04/2014 9:59:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Vermont Public Radio ^ | September 4, 2014 | Charlotte Albright
    Next time you pour a nice cold glass of milk, you could have a robot to thank. That's because automated milking machines are showing up at more and more dairy farms in Vermont and New Hampshire. The technology is cutting down on labor costs, increasing yield and teaching farmers more about the health and productivity of their herds. Just ask Nate Tullar, of Orford, New Hampshire. Cows have been giving milk at his family’s farm, Tullando, since 1956. That’s when his grandparents started the dairy business, and they have often been open to innovation over the years. There are now...
  • A fourth-generation farmer on leaving, then returning to the family farm

    09/07/2014 3:05:49 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 8 replies
    The Splendid Table ^ | September 7, 2014 | Francis Lam
    Fifty-eight years old. That was the average age of principal farm operators in the U.S. in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture. Over the past 30 years, the average age of principal farm operators in the U.S. has increased as fewer young people have taken up farming. For many farmers' children, leaving home means leaving the business. Nikiko Masumoto grew up working the peach harvest every year on the Masumoto Family Farm in California. Though she was a fourth-generation farmer in the making, when she went to college, she thought she was leaving the farm...
  • "Racist" book review removed from Economist Website

    09/05/2014 3:49:06 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 22 replies
    Economist ^ | 09/05/2014 | John Carey
    So I was reading an online review of the book "“The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” that was critical of the assertions made in said book that slavery was significant in the growth of the US economy. The next day I came to look at it again and found out it had been removed. The reason because apparently quite a number of people had found it racist and offensive. This is the review itself in its entirety before it was removed: “FOR sale: a coloured girl, of very superior qualifications…a bright mulatto, fine...