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  • How Small Contractors Get Their First Government Job

    03/11/2012 3:30:35 PM PDT · by Mary Robinson · 5 replies
    EfficientGov ^ | March 6, 2012 | Mark Yarbrough
    I got a lot of reaction to my recent article for EfficientGov about how small contractors are competing for their first government contracts. Right away everyone figured out the secret sauce: Funds administration. And the universal reaction was “Whoa!.” Followed by, “How do we do that?” There’s nothing to it. The Big Secret is called Funds Administration. Hundreds of local, state and federal agencies are doing it around the country. And it is keeping a lot of small business owners in business
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Transplanting Tomatoes) Vol. 10, March 9, 2012

    03/09/2012 10:51:08 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 244 replies
    Friday, March 9, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Good afternoon gardeners! After a high of 81 degrees yesterday, we are at 50 degrees today after experiencing high winds and 3 inches of rain last night. Radar would indicate that there is more rain to come, as I see it in Texas right now. I hope that all of our Texas gardeners are catching up on much needed rain! PTL!We have so many new gardeners in our group, in addition to folks with the desire to begin gardening, that I thought a primer on transplanting might be useful. Please feel free to add to the discussion with...
  • Spokane Animal Hoarding suspect “pimped herself out” for hay

    03/07/2012 11:12:43 AM PST · by matt1234 · 20 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | March 6, 2012 | unknown
    SPOKANE-- A couple weeks ago Spokane County Animal Protection Officers seized nearly 100 large animals from a property in Elk during an animal cruelty investigation. --SNIP-- Court documents say their owner 35-year-old Michelle Stiner told officers a dead goat found underneath a blue feed possibly was kicked by a pony stallion. --SNIP-- Court documents say Stiner told investigators she was "performing sexual acts for people” and "pimping herself out" to get hay.
  • Spokane Animal Hoarding suspect “pimped herself out” for hay (yes, you read that correctly)

    03/07/2012 4:16:06 AM PST · by Stoat · 23 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | March 6, 2012 | Othello &
    SPOKANE-- A couple weeks ago Spokane County Animal Protection Officers seized nearly 100 large animals from a property in Elk during an animal cruelty investigation.      During the seizure SCRAPS told us officers found dead animals on the property.  According to a search warrant, in addition to numerous horses i found extremely thin, officers also discovered several dead goats and a llama (edit)  Stiner said, "I’ve done the best that I could to take care of them and unlike a lot of owners that are just opening their gates and letting them go, at least I was making the attempt...
  • Hens Rescued from Abandoned Egg Ranch, Need Homes

    03/06/2012 9:00:49 AM PST · by GOPinCa · 25 replies
    VACAVILLE— Animal rescuers in Vacaville are getting closer to adopting out thousands of chickens that were rescued last month from an abandoned egg ranch. The hens were left for dead by Andy Keung Cheung, the owner of A&L Poultry, according to Stanislaus County Animal Services. Officials say most of the 50,000 hens were either dead or had to be euthanized because they were in such bad shape. Animal Place in Vacaville is one of three rescue groups currently rehabilitating the hens that were deemed healthy enough for potential adoption. Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary in Orland and Harvest Home in the...
  • History Channel

    03/02/2012 3:41:51 PM PST · by Crapgame · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The History Channel
    Earth 2100. Any Freepers seen this scaremongering future docu-drama? Makes New York City out to be the hope of mankind and a green utopia. Gratuitous use of Obama's green alternatives speeches and a sickening narrative by some fictional character. John Podesta, Van Jones and other alleged experts offer their opinions on civilization's fall. Then of course an apocalyptic future when man's attempts to reverse Globull Warming fail.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Structure Part 1) Vol. 9, March 2, 2012

    03/02/2012 8:10:56 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 127 replies
    Friday, March 2, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Good morning fellow gardeners! Here in NE Louisiana the weatherman claims we will reach 90 degrees today. He is really starting to get on my nerves ... doesn't he know that this is the first week of March, for pete's sake? He could shade the truth and tell us it's going to be 68, it's not like he's given bad information before, he does it at least 3 days a week. But, I digress.First off this week, I want to share a link that fanfan, one of our gardening FRiends in Canada, sent to me earlier in the...
  • Signs of Spring

    02/29/2012 6:17:49 PM PST · by Sarajevo · 30 replies · 3+ views
    N/A | 29 Feb 2012 | Sarajevo
    Due to the mild/non-existent winter we experienced this year, plants are blooming sooner. Here are a few of mine: Apple tree Citrus tree Kiwi Strawberries Buds on Mulberry tree Peach blossoms Japanese Loquat (finally bearing fruit!)
  • Judge says Oregon's river temperature standards need more scrutiny

    02/29/2012 1:48:03 PM PST · by Twotone · 11 replies · 2+ views ^ | February 28, 2012 | Scott Learn
    Federal agencies inadequately reviewed Oregon's water quality standards for stream temperatures, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Tuesday, a decision that puts a critical component of the state's clean water laws in doubt. Judge John Acosta said the Environmental Protection Agency needs to take a much harder look at how the state evaluates the temperature effects of logging, farming and cattle grazing.
  • Practical Post Scarcity: Open Source Solutions (video of greener commie with cool tech)

    02/24/2012 12:01:54 PM PST · by nerdwithagun · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | Feb 8, 2012 | WakeupworldTV
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  • New Ice Age to Begin in 2014

    02/24/2012 10:45:24 AM PST · by Twotone · 19 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | February 23, 2012 | Robert
    “Forecasters predict that a new ice age will begin soon,” says this article on “Habibullo Abdusamatov, a scientist from the Pulkovo Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences considers that the sharp drop in temperature will start on the Earth in 2014. “According to the scientist, our planet began to “get cold” in the 1990s. The new ice age will last at least two centuries, with its peak in 2055.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Home Sweet Home) Vol. 8, February 24, 2012

    02/24/2012 7:48:38 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 130 replies · 2+ views
    Friday, February 24, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Greetings from hot and sticky NE Louisiana! We set a record high yesterday at 89 degrees. I miss the mountains of Montana already. It averaged around 15 degrees while we were there and I was walking around in shirt sleeves. Without the extreme dampness, the cold is really comfortable.I want to extend a big THANK YOU to Red Devil_232 and Ellendra for taking care of the thread in my absence. Y'all did wonderful work and I appreciate your efforts more than you will know. I had expected to be able to post the thread for the past 2...
  • Actual Photograph of a Muslim Kissing a Pig

    02/23/2012 7:09:58 PM PST · by varmintman · 39 replies · 2+ views
  • Save our bees: scientists reveal the plants that could halt bee decline

    02/19/2012 6:43:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies ^ | 2/19/12 | Richard Gray
    n contrast some geranium species, which are a favourite among gardeners, are barely ever visited by the insects and popular types of Dahlia such as the cactus Tahiti and pom pom shaped Dahlia Franz Kafka were found to be poor at providing food for foraging bees. In the UK honey bee numbers have halved in the past 25 years while numbers of bumblebees have fallen by around 60 per cent since 1970 with three species going extinct and seven suffering serious declines. The researchers hope their work can help reverse the decline in many bee species by allowing gardeners to...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation?) Vol. 6, February 17, 2012

    02/17/2012 12:49:07 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 90 replies
    Free Republic | 2-17-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon gardeners. I have been debating all day if I should post this week’s thread. And can’t help myself at this point. I do not like stepping on JADB’s ownership of the thread and I hope y’all and she understands. As many of you know my wife and I are moving from Meridian, Ms to Marshall, Tx and I was not sure I would be able to keep on gardening at the house we are leasing. Peggy has received a written approval letter from the owner for us to put in a small garden. So I will be trying...
  • [Crap] happens: Mysterious ‘manure foam’ causes pig farms to explode

    02/14/2012 8:03:31 AM PST · by cartan · 17 replies
    grist ^ | 2012-02-08 | Tom Laskawy
    It is said that nature abhors a vacuum. Well, according to this report from the Minnesota Daily, nature also abhors factory farms. Large midwestern hog farms have for the last few years been battling a mysterious foam that is forming on top of their barns. In the worst case scenarios, the foam blocks ventilation ducts and the barns explode—yes, explode—killing the thousands of hogs inside. The report reads: The foam traps gases like methane and when a spark ignites it causes an explosion. About a half dozen barns in the Midwest have exploded since the foam was discovered in 2009....
  • Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

    02/13/2012 10:30:41 AM PST · by Twotone · 73 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 10, 2012 | NA
    Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.
  • Rainwater Harvesting: Reasons to Consider

    02/11/2012 2:52:42 PM PST · by orsonwb · 35 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | February 11, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    In the first installment of this two part series, we examine the factors that are influencing how individuals, major corporations, and other countries, are rethinking the most basic, yet vital resource all, water. In part two, we take a detailed look at an increasingly popular alternative to the municipal water system, Rainwater Harvesting. Part two further explores the pros and cons, basic components, and key factors to consider in designing a rain water harvesting system...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 6, February 10, 2012

    02/10/2012 2:56:54 PM PST · by Ellendra · 89 replies
    2-10-12 | Ellendra
    Good morning Gardeners!!!! I know I'm not part of your usual cast of gardening threadmasters, but it's afternoon here and the thread hasn't arrived yet! So I'm going to start one, and if it turns out later that I shouldn't have, then I'll appologize really nicely. *Ahem*: The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political,...
  • Vanity: Garden Tillers: Advice & Opinions Needed

    02/09/2012 7:47:29 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 41 replies
    2-09-12 | Jed Eckert
    Good morning fellow gardening Freepers. I'm in need of a good affordable garden tiller and was wondering what you folks think. I used to simply rent one but that option is pretty much out now since nearly all the rental places quit carrying tillers. The one place left that does rent tillers is prohibitively expensive. So, I'm considering just buying a smaller one. The Mantis XP fits my budget and they make a convincing sales pitch (good warranty, free shipping, Honda Engine) but I don't have a clue if they're any good. I'm open to any and all suggestions. I'm...
  • Champis - den vallande kaninen

    02/07/2012 2:09:21 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 17 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Feb 07, 2012 | swampsniper
    Champis, the sheep herding rabbit.
  • Chimp: You Ma Dawg!(Russian Chimp Raised By Matiff)

    02/05/2012 4:03:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 5, 2012 | Cynthia R. Fagen
    This loving mastiff didn’t mind adding one more to her litter of pups, even though it didn’t have a tail to wag and was suspiciously wearing a diaper.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 5, February 03, 2012

    02/03/2012 6:59:49 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 132 replies
    Free Republic | 02-03-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners! Red Devil here. JustaDumbBlonde and her husband are on their way up to Montana for a well deserved vacation. She should be able to post the thread from her remote Montana location next week.  I am sure she will continue with her plans for a soil structure thread next week. Her Thread subjects are so informative and interesting. Although I have not been real active on the thread, I read each and every post. Y'all have been doing a great job!I should be able to get some sort of a  garden going this year, at our...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Types) Vol. 4, January 27, 2012

    01/27/2012 10:40:54 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 85 replies
    January 27, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    I have a dear friend and neighbor who is elderly and not in the best of health. Day in and day out during gardening season she sits at her kitchen table and watches me work in my yard and garden, living vicariously through me. Once or twice a week I'll take her some vegetables and we discuss gardening, which was such an important part of her earlier years. You can see the love of gardening in her eyes every time we have a talk. I asked her one day to tell me the difference between dirt and soil. Soil,...
  • Green Lebensraum: The Nazi Roots of Sustainable Development

    01/27/2012 9:55:48 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-27-2012 | Mark Musser
    After the war, social engineering based on Aryan biology was replaced with a blander form of socialism, but its ties to environmentalism and sustainable development continued unabated and grew exponentially in the decades to come. Environmental planners just exchanged brown paint with red paint -- all the while keeping the interior green. German spatial planners played an early critical role in the development of the EU's sustainable development policies ...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (U.S. Hardiness Zones) Supplemental Vol. 1

    01/26/2012 12:04:04 PM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 44 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Department of Agriculture ^ | January 26, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    SUPPLEMENTAL VOL. 1 USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map, updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail. The new map — jointly developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University's PRISM Climate Group — is available online at . ARS is the chief intramural scientific research agency of USDA. For the first time, the new map offers a Geographic Information System based interactive format and is specifically...
  • NEW USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps

    01/26/2012 9:53:45 AM PST · by orsonwb · 16 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 26, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    On January 25, 2012, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), the first major update since 1990. See the new map, detailed state specific PHZMs, as well as PHZMs for Australia, Canada, China, Europe, and Japan...
  • Rabies vaccine to be dropped from the air

    01/22/2012 3:52:05 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 18 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan22,2012 | Libertynotfree
    The Texas Department of State Health Services will drop vaccines from the air Wednesday. It's part of the annual effort to protect people and livestock from rabies.
  • Evidence for Oldest Popcorn in South America Discovered

    01/21/2012 3:44:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Live Science ^ | 01/20/12 | Remy Melina
    Evidence for Oldest Popcorn in South America Discovered Remy Melina, LiveScience Staff Writer Date: 20 January 2012 Time: 10:50 AM ET They may not have had television sets, but ancient Peruvians did share one part of our movie-watching culture: popcorn. Researchers have found evidence that societies living along the coast of Peru were eating the air-filled snack about 1,000 years earlier than previously estimated — even predating the use of ceramic pottery. Corn husks, stalks, cobs and tassels (pollen-producing flowers on corn) dating from 6,700 to 3,000 years ago were unearthed at Paredones and Huaca Prieta, two sites on Peru's...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 3, January 20, 2012

    01/20/2012 9:56:41 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 163 replies
    January 20, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    It was just a couple of weeks ago that I was really glad that the last of my garden had frozen. Being blessed with a long growing season is not always what it's cracked-up to be. You understand ... gardening is hard work! When it lasts from March or April until December, it can get tedious.Then, yesterday, my first order of seeds that I don't need came in from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds. Four beautiful little envelopes that sound like maracas; Baby Lincoln Leeks, Tres Fine Maraichere Endive, Beaumont Broccoli, and Large Fruited Mixture Ornamental Gourds.I am stoked.Yep,...
  • Draft horse dies at Pa. Farm Show

    01/14/2012 2:36:36 PM PST · by dickmc · 62 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | January 14, 2012 | Laura Olson
    HARRISBURG -- Tuesday evening was showtime for Mark, a burly 6-year-old Belgian draft horse competing in the Farm Show's pulling event. He had trained on a farm in Fulton County with a couple interested in buying him. But his owners decided they couldn't part with the animal, and brought him home before entering him in the state competition. He and his partner pulled a full load in the competition, carrying a sled with more than 8,500 pounds of weight, but he collapsed as he was being unhooked. He was declared dead shortly afterward, from what likely was an aneurysm or...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Seeds) Vol. 2, January 13, 2012

    01/13/2012 8:25:57 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 176 replies
    January 13, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning everybody! It is cold and clear here in NE Louisiana, zone 8a, we should reach 50° today under sunny skies. We've received several inches of rain in the past 3 weeks, so there will be no garden prep for a while yet, but the sunny sky has a way of getting me in the mood. In last week's thread we discussed our seed and supply catalogs. This week I intended to discuss saving seeds from our own harvests, and starting seeds indoors. In preparing, I actually found a couple of articles that are very informative and give good...
  • It's a good start to labeling our foods

    01/10/2012 11:26:08 AM PST · by Libertynotfree · 6 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan10,2012 | Libertynotfree
    Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer, works on farming and developing his own seeds for 50 years. When his fields were contaminated, Monsanto threatened him, intimidated him, and tried to take his land away. He took them to court.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Catalog Fever) Vol. 1 Jan 6, 2012

    01/06/2012 9:53:54 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 317 replies
    January 6, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    January is not the most hospitable month of the year to be sure. If you're like me those cold dreary days are best spent curled up in a chair (for the guys that don't *do* curl -- sit there very manly) with a cup of tea (insert the manly beverage of your choice) and a stack of garden catalogs that you need a front-end loader to move (got you with the front-end loader, didn't I?).I've got to hand it to the catalog people, the covers are exceptional this year and, by golly, with all of the $25 to $100 coupons...
  • Fedzilla is demanding I complete a 4-page survey ... about my garden! (vanity)

    01/06/2012 8:50:18 AM PST · by matt1234 · 147 replies
    me ^ | Jan. 6, 2012 | me
    Are you ready for the vegetable census? Yesterday I received the “2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey” from the US Dept. of Agriculture. It was accompanied by a cover letter stating (in large, bold font) that my response is required by law; and, if I do not reply, I “may be personally visited.” I am not and have never been a farmer or rancher. My land has never been farmed or ranched. I do, however, have a vegetable garden that I built in 2009. This garden is private and noncommercial. There is no illegal activity whatsoever on my property. The survey...
  • “Zombie” Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees

    01/05/2012 10:00:37 AM PST · by BlueDragon · 36 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Jan. 3, 2012 | “Zombie” Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees
    A heap of dead bees was supposed to become food for a newly captured praying mantis. Instead, the pile ended up revealing a previously unrecognized suspect in colony collapse disorder—a mysterious condition that for several years has been causing declines in U.S. honeybee populations, which are needed to pollinate many important crops. This new potential culprit is a bizarre—and potentially devastating—parasitic fly that has been taking over the bodies of honeybees (Apis mellifera) in Northern California.
  • 2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey

    01/04/2012 8:46:05 AM PST · by LRS · 6 replies
    vanity;U.S. mail ^ | USDA, vanity
    2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey
  • Jerry Dimitman Dies at 91; Professor Grew Prized Asian Fruit

    01/03/2012 7:17:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | David Karp
    Jerry Dimitman, a retired professor of plant pathology at Cal Poly Pomona who regularly caused an uproar when he showed up to sell his exotic fruit at the Alhambra farmers market, died Dec. 14 of a stroke at his home overlooking the San Gabriel Valley. He was 91. Such was the mystique that he cultivated, along with some of the state's oldest, largest and rarest exotic Asian fruit trees, that he and his family always insisted that his home's location remain unspecified to deter intrusions by overzealous fruit lovers. Many of his crops, such as lychees, longans, pummelos and mandarins,...
  • Utica (NY) Police Officers Caught on Tape (Planting drugs?)

    01/03/2012 10:04:29 AM PST · by thefactor · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 2, 2012 | Youtube
    I don't think there are any real articles written about this yet. Seems to have occurred about 11 months ago and is just coming to light. The action occurs at exactly the 1 minute mark.As many of you know, I'm a cop. I complain about the anti-cop posts and posters, but I also have the responsibility to bring things like this to light. If this went down, this guy needs to be fired and sent to prison. I have also heard that one of the cops is the son-in-law of the new Mayor.
  • Kent State University's winemaking degree: Whatever happened to ...?

    01/03/2012 3:44:28 AM PST · by EBH · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 1/3/12 | Karen Farkas
    "And we are finding a lot of people are making wine in their basement and are interested not necessarily in a degree but in the knowledge," she said. Classes will be offered for continuing education as well as for credit, she said. Currently all students are taking classes for credit, she said. The Kent State program, the first in Ohio to offer college degrees related to winemaking, is affiliated with the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance, founded about eight years ago to serve wineries between the Appalachians and the Rockies. The alliance, at Missouri State University, has partnered with...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 51) December 30

    12/30/2011 8:33:35 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 155 replies
    Free Republic | December 30, 2011 | JustaDumbBlonde
  • Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

    12/25/2011 6:35:16 PM PST · by LucyT · 68 replies
    PR Newswire. ^ | Dec. 19, 2011, | oseph Mangano and Janette Sherman, International Journal of Health Services
    Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14...
  • A Vandalized Valley (VDH nails it)

    12/21/2011 5:47:29 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 31 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    While the elites make excuses, citizens cope with theft and destruction. I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it. Last week an ancestral rural school near the Kings River had its large bronze bell stolen....
  • It's all about global food control

    12/19/2011 4:28:31 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 7 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Dec 19,2011 | Libertynotfree
    Excerpts: In accordance with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon. According to NZ Food Security, a group working to protect the food freedom of New Zealanders, the bill will turn growing and sharing food into a government-granted privilege rather than a human right. It...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 49) December 16

    12/16/2011 5:47:03 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 92 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 12-16-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope all of you are doing well and wish you a Merry Christmas. Today’s thread will be the last one I post as the host of the gardening thread. Thankfully the thread will continue to be posted by Freeper JustaDumbBlonde. Not only is she is a very experienced gardener, she and her husband run a large acreage family farm growing corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans and various other crops. Her large kitchen garden is so successful she has set up a roadside stand to sell her produce. I am confident the Gardening Thread will be in very...
  • Norway butter shortage threatens Christmas treats

    12/14/2011 12:47:57 PM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec. 13, 2011 | Mychele Daniau
    An acute butter shortage in Norway, one of the world's richest countries, has left people worrying how to bake their Christmas goodies with store shelves emptied and prices through the roof. The shortfall, expected to last into January, amounts to between 500 and 1,000 tonnes, said Tine, Norway's main dairy company, while online sellers have offered 500-gramme packs for up to 350 euros ($465)... Last Friday, customs officers stopped a Russian at the Norwegian-Swedish border and seized 90 kilos (198 pounds) of butter stashed in his car.
  • Why did Obama Lift the Ban on Horse Slaughter?

    12/14/2011 10:36:34 AM PST · by Libertynotfree · 33 replies
    While we were celebrating Thanksgiving, Obama quietly signed legislation on November 18, which removed the ban on horse slaughter and allowing it for human consumption. Why did he change his position on banning the horse slaughter? As we know, President Obama made a campaign promise in 2008 to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption. Furthermore, in certain States, the U.S. Federal Government set aside millions of acres of public lands for the indigenous wild horses, or Mustangs. Read more...
  • Nebraska Governor Criticizes HSUS

    12/13/2011 1:34:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | December 13, 2011 | Grant Schulte AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman criticized the Humane Society of the United States on Monday, saying he would fight any efforts by its lobbyists to push legislation that could hinder Nebraska's agricultural industry. The Humane Society of the United States opened an office in Omaha last year. A group spokesman has said the new office and state issues director in Nebraska were intended to help small farmers gain access to markets traditionally dominated by larger operations. But Heineman, a Republican, said he did not trust the group's intentions.
  • Pinot noir grapes reveal 700-year climate record

    12/12/2011 4:07:55 AM PST · by Renfield · 24 replies ^ | 12-09-2011 | Chris Gorski
    The French call pinot noir "the noble grape" and have long considered it a source of inspiration. Now it can also be appreciated as the reason for an extensive, localized climate record. A study found a close match between pinot noir grape harvest dates in Burgundy, sea surface temperature trends and the Western European climate. The relationship could be used to forecast harvest dates months in advance. Yves Tourre, from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y. and the French meteorological service, Meteo-France, in Toulouse, presented research on the significance of a nearly 700-year record of pinot noir grape...
  • Wandering cows cause collisions on W. Ky. Parkway

    12/11/2011 10:17:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Henderson Gleaner (Evansville Courier and Press) ^ | December 10, 2011 | Gleaner staff
    Transportation officials closed a section of Interstate 69/Western Kentucky Parkway for hours Saturday after a group of cows obstructed the roadway causing several collisions in Caldwell County. Spokesman Keith Todd for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said he was first alerted of the situation around 3:45 a.m. and that there were “an undetermined number of cows loose along Interstate 69.” By 7 a.m., some of the cattle had been rounded up but officials decided to close the Interstate between Exit 12 and Exit 24 near Princeton. Todd said only one motorist had been taken to Methodist Hospital for minor injuries after...