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  • Farm parody of 'Sexy and I Know It' goes viral

    07/06/2012 6:07:31 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-6-12 | Roxana Hegeman
    WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas State University student Greg Peterson and some friends were unwinding at a drive-in restaurant when LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" came on the radio. He groaned. But as the chorus droned on, the 21-year-old found inspiration. He switched "sexy" to "farming" as he began rapping. Then he started coming up with lyrics. It would be fun, he thought, to do a video parody with his brothers when he returned home to the family farm in central Kansas. Peterson said the brothers aimed the video at their city friends on Facebook because they "hardly knew...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 27, July 06, 2012

    07/06/2012 10:51:22 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 110 replies
    It's Friday once again, and our regular gardening threadmasters still seem to be MIA. If anyone has the gardening ping list, or if anyone can get hold of JADB and have her send it to me, it would be much appreciated. In the mean time, I'm going to try and rebuild the list. That's going take a while. Welcome to the Weekly Gardening thread! Fell free to jump in, whether you're a master gardener, or have never touched a seed in your life, this is the place to have fun and learn! It's impossible to get off-topic, since this thread...
  • Farming in Dark Age Britain

    07/06/2012 4:50:58 AM PDT · by Renfield · 26 replies
    Suite 101 ^ | 3-18-2011 | Brenda Lewis
    In the Dark Ages, the early Anglo-Saxon settlers in Britain led a hard life farming the land, in total contrast to their Romano-British predecessors. When the Romans invaded Britain in 43AD, they found a land of thick forests, heath and swampland. There were no towns, no roads - or nothing that a Roman would have recognized as proper roads - and no bridges. After the Romans However, by the time the Romans abandoned Britain four centuries later, they had turned it into a quite different place. The Anglo-Saxon settlers who began to arrive in large numbers in around 450AD found...
  • I'm Farming and I Grow It - YouTube

    A parody music video promoting agriculture! If you like it, feel free to share it with your friends! No copyright infringement of original song intended. Lyrics: When I'm up at seven, the sunrise gives me a glimpse of heaven I get right to work, a farmer's life can be a little berserk yeah This is how I roll, I feed the cattle till their stomachs are full Treat em right, that's my belief, What's for dinner? I say beef! Gotta feed Everybody Gotta Feed Everybody Gotta Feed Everybody (Uh-Huh) I work out (side!) When I step to the bunk (yeah)...
  • Why supermarket tomatoes tend to taste bland

    06/30/2012 2:03:31 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 30 June 2011 | Jon Bardin
    The mass-produced tomatoes we buy at the grocery store tend to taste more like cardboard than fruit. Now researchers have discovered one reason why: a genetic mutation, common in store-bought tomatoes, that reduces the amount of sugar and other tasty compounds in the fruit. SNIP But the new study, published this week in Science, found that the mutation that leads to the uniform appearance of most store-bought tomatoes has an unintended consequence: It disrupts the production of a protein responsible for the fruit's production of sugar. SNIP The study authors set out to pin down the genetic change that makes...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 26, June 29, 2012

    06/29/2012 10:18:09 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 77 replies
    Our regular gardening threadmasters seem to be busy, so I'm posting one to start us off with. If anybody has the ping list, please use it!
  • Nothin' Runs Like a Deer - FLOTUS

    06/27/2012 5:00:51 PM PDT · by IamConservative · 36 replies
    6/27/12 | yt
    FLOTUS in her best John Deere Summer Apparel..
  • Senate Passed Farm Bill

    06/22/2012 2:55:15 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 4 replies
    foxnews ^ | June22,2012 | Libertynotfree
    The Senate on Thursday completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries. The 64-35 vote for passage defied political odds. Many inside and outside of Congress had predicted that legislation so expensive and so complicated would have little chance of advancing in an election year. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called it "one of the finest moments in the Senate in recent times in terms of how you pass a bill."
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 25, June 22, 2012

    06/22/2012 7:06:41 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 65 replies
    Friday, June 22, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Anybody enjoying the heat???? Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! My thanks to Red Devil_232 and his beautiful tomato plants for hosting last week's gardening thread. Here in NELA, we welcomed the first day of summer with temps in 3 digits ... at one time yesterday afternoon, our digital weather station had the temperature outside at 102.4! The remote unit that is transmitting the temp is on the north end of the house, tucked up under the eve and out of the sun. Whew!Lots going on here. We've been enjoying sweet corn (var. Serendipity) all week, and the harvest...
  • Invasive brown kelp worries Calif. researchers

    06/20/2012 8:39:51 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 11 replies
    SFGate ^ | 2012-06-20 | Peter Fimrite
    A highly invasive form of brown kelp native to Japan has spread throughout the San Francisco waterfront since it was discovered three years ago and could threaten native species and ecosystems if money and resources aren't put into stopping its spread, researchers say.
  • The case for mandatory GMO labeling

    06/18/2012 3:53:02 PM PDT · by southern rock · 26 replies
    Natural News ^ | 06/18/2012 | Mike Adams
    The case for mandatory GMO labeling - even if you believe in limited government and the free market (NaturalNews) Now that the GMO labeling ballot measure has been officially accepted onto the California ballot, Monsanto is gearing up its propaganda campaign that aims to convince people you don't need to know what you're eating! Trust us, we're the food companies! We never lie, do we? For the record, I'm an opponent of most government mandates against individuals. When the government says you have to give your children vaccine shots, that's a violation of your liberty. When Mayor Bloomberg says you...
  • Downeast Cider Revs Up

    06/16/2012 5:06:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    WBUR ^ | May 25, 2012 | SUE MCCRORY
    Megan Riesz Ross Brockman and Tyler Mosher used to wake up at 7 AM to study for the GMATs. But one morning, Mosher turned to Brockman and admitted he hadn’t looked at the test materials for two weeks. “I was like, ‘me neither,’” Brockman said in a phone interview. “This was a turning point for us.” Instead of pouring their efforts into getting into business school, the two former Bates College graduates – along with another former classmate, Ben Manter – were in the midst of building Downeast Cider House, a hard cider company currently based in Waterville, ME, but...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 24, June 15, 2012

    06/15/2012 5:33:15 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 64 replies
    Free Republic | Red_Devil 232
    Weekly Gardening Thread Good morning gardeners. JustaDumbBlonde has been very busy lately and asked me to post this weeks thread for her. She felt bad about not being able to respond to posts on last weeks thread. I hope all of your gardens are doing well. My little 6 x 6 raised bed tomato patch is coming along fine. It has benefited from a couple of good rain showers in the last couple of weeks. "> This picture was taken at about 3:30 pm yesterday. The shade starts moving on to the tomato patch at about 3 pm and...
  • Would You Live in a Meat-Free ‘Utopia?’

    06/11/2012 6:51:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Jun. 11 2012 | Zosia Bielski
    When only macadamia–based cheese will do for that late-night craving, a new luxury condo on New York’s Lower East Side delivers: the Madison Jackson has been “designed to support a vegetarian or vegan organic lifestyle,” offering prospective tenants 24-hour organic vegetarian room service, organic dry cleaning and an on-site juice bar, “for those who get kale cravings at 2 a.m.” The “vegan condo” will also offer in-house nutritional counselling, craniosacral therapy and Jivamukti yoga, which combines hatha yoga with meditation and stresses veganism and environmentalism. “We have many people who are health conscious,” Michael Bolla, the building’s developer, told
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 23, June 8, 2012

    06/08/2012 7:26:30 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 125 replies
    June 8, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning! Hope that all of my FRiends and fellow gardeners have had a good and productive week.Began the Spring harvest in my apiary yesterday, which yielded 7 gallons of beautiful honey from 3 hives. Still have 3 hives from which to pull the honey boxes, and the remaining hives will not harvest until Fall because they are relatively new. Bit of trivia here ... a gallon of honey weighs 12 pounds.The wheat harvest is over and the farm is buzzing with tractors getting cotton and soybeans planted on the wheat ground. The field corn has tassled and pollinated,...
  • Any St. Augustine, Fl folks here?

    06/08/2012 7:03:03 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 6/8/12/ | Oshkalaboomboom
    I have some friends going to St. Augustine next week and I'd like them to pick me up some Datil peppers, maybe even a plant. Where is the best place to get some? Do they have them in the produce section of the local supermarkets like Publix or do you have to seek out a local grower? I've just started some plants from seeds I bought online but if I could get some peppers right from the source I could not only have something to eat now I'd have more seeds for future projects. Thanks in advance for any pointers.
  • How Wisconsin and Alabama just helped save the world

    06/07/2012 9:35:26 AM PDT · by djone · 29 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 6 2012 | James Delingpole
    "Governor Scott Walker's victory in Wisconsin and an equally important but perhaps less well-publicised victory won in the Alabama house and senate over the UN's malign and insidious Agenda 21."
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 22 (Keywords 2) June 1, 2012

    06/01/2012 8:06:36 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 123 replies
    Friday, June 1, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning and happy June to my gardening FRiends and fellow gardeners!You may have noticed that I titled last week's thread "Keywords", and then totally forgot to write the first word about the topic. That illustrates perfectly how frazzled my mind is these days. As I was getting ready to hit the post button, I kept thinking there was something I was forgetting, but finally convinced myself that it probably wasn't *that* important, and I posted the thread. I apologize.There has been more than once that great information has been posted by one of our members, but I can't...
  • Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire

    05/30/2012 8:37:58 PM PDT · by Carthego delenda est · 14 replies
    Incident Information System ^ | 5-30-2012 | government
    The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, under the direction of Incident Commander Tony Sciacca, assumed command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. Saturday 5/26. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the community of Mogollon and the Willow Creek Subdivision. Road/Trail/Area closures and Catwalk National Rec Trail Closure are in place on the Gila National Forest. Visit the Gila NF website at for details. Smoke advisories are in effect. View the Smoke Advisory article under "Announcements" for further information. Smoke projection models are posted in "Photographs." Areas around Albuquerque, Belen, Socorro, Magdalena and Carrizozo will see smoke during...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 21 (Keywords) May 25, 2012

    05/25/2012 8:00:24 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 96 replies
    May 25, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Huge thanks to Red Devil_232 for posting the thread last week!!! It is absolutely crazy around the farm, with everybody going in different directions at the same time and trying to stay coordinated with one another.The wheat harvest is well underway, and the yields have been above our wildest dreams. The field corn has tasseled and is pollinating nicely. Several hundred acres of cotton have been planted and it is now being fertilized, sprayed for weeds, sprayed for bugs, etc. Still have about 900 acres of cotton left to plant behind the wheat.My sweet corn patches are looking good,...