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  • Elite thoroughbred race horses killed in California wildfire....B^(

    12/08/2017 8:02:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | December 8, 2017 | ANDREW DALTON and JULIE WATSON
    Hundreds of elite thoroughbred race horses sprinted away from flames Thursday as one of California's major wildfires tore through a training center in San Diego County. Not all made it. There was no official count of how many animals were killed in the hazy confusion as both horses and humans evacuated, but trainers at San Luis Rey Downs estimated that at least a dozen had died, possibly far more. Horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars who are usually carefully walked from place to place were simply set free and encouraged to run away as flames engulfed the center near...

    12/05/2017 11:20:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    wikileaks tv ^ | Published on Nov 27, 2017 | wikileaks tv
    Video covers a number of topics ...not all currenbt.
  • A Growing Number of Young Americans are Leaving Desk Jobs to Farm

    11/26/2017 6:08:34 AM PST · by Cecily · 89 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 23, 2017 | Caitlin Dewey
    Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up here, crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill. The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst — who graduated from a liberal arts college and grew up in the Chicago suburbs — abandoned Washington for this three-acre farm in Upper Marlboro, Md. She joined a growing movement of highly educated, ex-urban, first-time farmers who are capitalizing on booming consumer demand for local and sustainable foods and who, experts say, could have a broad impact on the food...
  • Just Passing Through

    11/23/2017 12:14:45 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 13 replies
    The Dining Room | 11/23/2017 | blueunicorn6
    Our house has a pass through. This should not be confused with a passport. A passport is a piece of paper you buy from the government that allows you to visit foreign nations like France and Idaho. It also has your photo on it. As if the foreigners needed something else to give Americans grief about. "Is dis you in de photo? I thought maybe it was a photo of your horse." "If it looks like a horse's ass, then you're just seeing a reflection." We have a pass through. A pass through is well, basically, a hole in the...
  • World's best cheese is made at a tiny dairy in Cornwall - in production only for a few years

    11/22/2017 2:36:13 PM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 11/21/2017 | ByTom Bevan
    The Cornish Kern beat over 3,000 cheeses from 35 different countries at the annual World Cheese Awards cheese made by a small Cornish dairy has beaten all-comers to be named the best in the world. The Cornish Kern was crowned champion at the annual World Cheese Awards - beating rivals from France and Italy and other famous names. The buttery medium-hard cheese - noted for its deep aroma and caramel notes - has only been in production for a few years. But it managed to see off all competition from across the globe, topping 3,000 cheeses from 35 different countries...
  • What Are You Thankful For?

    11/22/2017 1:37:31 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 28 replies
    FReepers | 11/22/2017 | blueunicorn6
    What are you thankful for? I'm thankful Donald Trump is our President.
  • Wisconsin grown Balsam fir heading to White House for Christmas

    11/20/2017 5:43:19 AM PST · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    Wisconsin State Farmer ^ | 9/6/2017 | Staff
    LITTLETON, CO - A Balsam Fir Christmas Tree grown by David and Jim Chapman of Silent Night Evergreens, located in Endeavor, WI, was awarded the 2017 Grand Champion at the National Christmas Tree Association’s (NCTA) 2017 National Christmas Tree Contest. As growers of the Grand Champion tree, the Chapman’s have earned the honor of presenting the official 2017 White House Christmas Tree this season. Since 1966, NCTA members have presented the official Christmas Tree for display in the White House Blue Room. Ed Hedlund of Hedlund Christmas Trees, in Elma, WA, was named Reserve Champion of the contest. Traditionally, the...
  • Police mistook hibiscus plants for marijuana, arrested Buffalo Township couple, suit claims

    11/17/2017 4:18:37 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 67 replies
    Trib Live ^ | November 16, 2017 | MATTHEW MEDSGER
    A Buffalo Township couple is suing the township police and the Nationwide Insurance Co. after, their lawsuit says, hibiscus plants growing in their backyard were mistaken for marijuana plants. In a lawsuit, Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife, Audrey Cramer, 66, claim that Buffalo Township police handcuffed them both and made them sit in the back of a police car for hours last month as police ransacked their house looking for marijuana. But rather than running a pot-growing operation, the Cramers say they grow flowering hibiscus in their backyard. The Cramers were not charged. They filed a civil lawsuit Thursday...
  • Study Finds Mushrooms May Have ‘Fountain Of Youth’ Benefits

    11/13/2017 10:47:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 56 replies ^ | 11/13/2017 | by Daniel Steingold
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Mushrooms may make our favorite pizza and pasta dishes taste delightfully better, but it turns out they may help keep our brains and hearts younger too. A new study finds that some of our favorite toadstools may have high concentrations of antioxidants with anti-aging benefits. Researchers at Penn State analyzed the chemical composition of a wide variety of types of mushrooms, finding that many contained high levels of ergothioneine and glutathione, both of which are important antioxidants. “What we found is that, without a doubt, mushrooms are highest dietary source of these two antioxidants taken together,...
  • Remember The Change

    11/04/2017 8:56:12 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 36 replies
    A Clock | 11/04/2017 | blueunicorn6
    The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer and you know what that means. The electrical bills are going up.'s time to fool around with resetting your clocks. Unless, of course, you are rich and have some of those clocks that are tuned to the time channel which is right between the oldies channel and public radio. Heave help you if you're trying to set your clock by public radio. You'll be back in the 70s or something. The worst clock to reset is the one in the pickup. You have to turn on the lights...
  • Australia's famed Uluru outback monolith to be closed to climbers

    11/04/2017 11:49:45 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-1-2107 | Zalika Rizmal
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s world-famous Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, will be closed to climbers from 2019, its management board said on Wednesday, ending a decades-long campaign by Aborigines to protect their sacred monolith in the Northern Territory. A board of eight traditional owners and four government officials voted unanimously to close the rock to climbers, a spokesperson told Reuters. [snip]
  • Farmers urged to bury their underpants to improve quality of their beef

    11/03/2017 5:31:44 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 11/2/17 | Sarah Knapton
    Burying a pair of underpants in a field may not seem the obvious starting point for the perfect roast, but farmers are being urged to dig deep for tastier meat. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) claim interring a pair of cotton smalls in a pasture can reveal vital information about soil fertility. According to the experts, sterile and lifeless soil will keep underwear intact, but organically thriving soil will eat away at the briefs, leaving nothing but the elastic waistband.
  • PRANK! Kids React to Getting Vegetables for Halloween

    11/02/2017 7:46:19 PM PDT · by Califreak · 48 replies
    Migardener ^ | 10/31/17 | Migardener
    Gardening guru passes out veggies on Halloween.
  • Pepper X Claims to Be the New 'World's Hottest Chili'

    11/02/2017 7:00:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Food & Wine ^ | Mike Pomranz
    The breeder behind the Carolina Reaper has a new, potentially record-breaking chili: Pepper X.During the Cold War, the nuclear arms race led to talk about having enough weapons to "destroy the world multiple times over." This idea is purposely absurdist—intended hint at the larger point that, in some cases, more isn't actually more, it's just excess. With that in mind, a man who goes by the name of Smokin' Ed Currie has claimed to have bred the world's hottest pepper, which—at 3.18 million Scoville heat units—would best the Dragon's Breath, a pepper that only just made its case for the...
  • Humans love dogs more than other people: study

    11/01/2017 7:24:27 AM PDT · by familyop · 73 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 31, 2017 | David K. Li
    Humans love dogs more than their fellow man. Two major studies showed that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, according to a report in the Times of London. A UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns – one with a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions. “Would you give pounds 5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?” the separate ads said, featuring a canine and human “Harrison.” Then a Northeastern University study showed that only a baby human could compete with man’s...
  • Lowdown on the cluckers

    10/30/2017 7:05:29 AM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    The ups and downs of country living can be challenging and entertaining. You can get down and dirty, mucking around with chicken poop cleanup and other related fun. Or, you can be a country squire, enjoy the shelled emissions of said chickens without actual direct contact. This writer shuns interaction with the chickens, proclaiming herself a country squire. What she did not count on, but should have, was her filter-free, sassy daughter’s comment. “Mother, a country squire is a male landowner or a gentleman who escorts a woman.” “Well then, I’m the lady of the manor,” her mother huffed. “In...
  • Just In Time For Thanksgiving Dinner: Traceable Turkeys

    10/25/2017 1:45:42 PM PDT · by bgill · 30 replies ^ | Oct. 25, 2017 | AP
    Turkey buyers in select Texas markets will be able to either text or enter on the Honeysuckle White website the code found on the tag on the packaged bird to find out where it was raised and get information about the farm's location, view farm photos and read the farmer's message. "What traceability does is just allow us to connect with the consumer," Glaser said. "And I think over time there has been a disconnect. People have kind of lost where their food comes from and this is a way to re-establish that line of communication."
  • ‘CRISPR’ Bacon? Scientists Create Low-Fat Pigs [China]

    10/24/2017 1:24:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    CBS - Pittsburgh ^ | 10/24/2017 | Staff
    For people who love bacon but hate everything it does to their diet, scientists in China may have created a way to have your pig and eat it too. A team of researchers have genetically altered pigs to carry nearly 24 percent less body fat. Using the CRISPR-Cas 9 gene editing technique, the team reportedly modified a group of pigs which gave birth to much leaner piglets. The experiment, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is looking to make pigs less susceptible to the cold. Scientists noted that modern pigs, especially younger ones, lack the ability...
  • food: Weapon of Mass Destruction

    10/17/2017 4:50:39 AM PDT · by fella · 7 replies Food: Weapon of Mass Destruction
  • Superhot 'Dragon's Breath' Chili Pepper Can Kill. Here's How

    10/10/2017 7:20:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies ^ | May 19, 2017 03:21pm ET | By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer
    Death by chili pepper may not be a common way to die, but it's certainly a possibility for unlucky souls adventurous enough to try Dragon's Breath, the new hottest pepper in town. Mike Smith, the owner of Tom Smith's Plants in the United Kingdom, developed the record-breaking pepper with researchers at the University of Nottingham. He doesn't recommend the pepper for eating, however, because it may be the last thing a person ever tastes. So how exactly do hot peppers, such as Dragon's Breath, maim or kill those who try to eat them? Let's start with the pepper's spicy stats:...