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  • The Silicon Valley elite’s latest status symbol: Chickens

    03/03/2018 5:50:14 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | Peter Holley
    Johan Land has a life that stands out even among Silicon Valley’s tech elite: He’s the lead product manager at Waymo (formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project), a job that keeps him glued to computer screens and fixated on the future. Excelling at his work, Land said, requires an obsessive focus on it. But maintaining that passion — especially with his fourth child on the way — means knowing when to detach. Land’s secret to success: relaxing with a glass of wine in the back yard alongside his wife, kids and the family’s 13 chickens and three sheep. It’s...
  • Bizarre! Washington prisoners knitting ‘chicken sweaters’?

    01/31/2018 6:50:12 PM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies ^ | Jan. 31, 2018 | JASON RANTZ
    “Peppa” the chicken struts around in his newly-made sweater. (Washington Corrections Center for Women) So, uhm, prisoners at Gig Harbor’s Washington Corrections Center for Women are spending some of their time behind bars knitting sweaters for chickens because, well, they’re cold. It’s a weird and, admittedly, adorable story. The WCCW currently has two chicken coops. The fertilizer produced is used on the prison’s gardens, which grows food for local food banks. But given the chilly temperatures, the chickens are freezing. That got Human Resources Consultant Paula Andrew (aka the “Chicken Lady”) thinking: why not get the prisoners to knit them...
  • Resolutions, again?

    01/01/2018 3:53:57 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Elizabeth Cowan
    What is the big deal about New Year’s Resolutions? They are not effective. If resolutions were successful, then why do so many people make the same ones every year? Do they exemplify the definition of insanity attributed to Albert Einstein? “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Folks resolve to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle, but there are no measurable results at the end of the year. If the resolution fails over and over again, what is the point of offering up the same plan the following year? More to the...
  • 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...
  • Backyard chicken trend leads to more disease infections

    10/19/2017 2:04:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies ^ | 10/19/2017
    “For one salmonella case we know of in an outbreak, there are up to 30 others that we don’t know about,” CDC veterinarian Megin Nichols said. A “large contributing factor” to the surge, Nichols said, comes from natural food fanciers who have taken up the backyard chicken hobby but don’t understand the potential dangers. Some treat their birds like pets, kissing or snuggling them and letting them walk around the house. Poultry can carry salmonella bacteria in their intestines that can be shed in their feces. The bacteria can attach to feathers and dust and brush off on shoes or...
  • French authorities warn farmers of Jewish thieves ahead of Yom Kippur (Muslims too, Roma did it)

    08/28/2017 5:45:08 PM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies
    French authorities warn farmers of Jewish thieves ahead of Yom Kippur Municipal veterinary service says Jews and Muslims may try to steal chickens and sheep to use in ‘unauthorized sacrifices’ for holidays Veterinarians in a municipality near Paris warned farmers of an elevated risk of theft of sheep and fowl ahead of the Muslim and Jewish holidays of Eid al-Adha and Yom Kippur, respectively. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories FREE SIGN UP! The warning, which provoked angry reactions on the part of communal leaders who felt it was discriminatory, came...
  • Costco breaks ground on $300M facility expected to have $1B+ economic impact (800 jobs in Nebraska)

    06/19/2017 10:29:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Nebraska Radio Network ^ | June 19, 2017 | Brent Martin
    Costco has broken ground on a $300 million chicken processing plant near Fremont, expected to generate more than a billion dollars in economic activity in Nebraska. Jonathan Luz of Costco said during groundbreaking ceremonies today that a lot of work has been put into the planning stages for the plant, but more work remains. “As much as it’s an achievement to be here today marking this auspicious occasion, the work really has just begun,” according to Luz. “It’s now time to put the vision that we all share into action and results.” The poultry processing plant, hatchery, and feed mill...
  • Naked Men: The ManKind Project and Michael Scinto

    10/06/2007 5:53:22 AM PDT · by i_dont_chat · 21 replies · 1,969+ views
    The Houston Press ^ | 10-04-07 | Chris Vogel
    The organization was supposed to make him a better man. Instead, his parents say, it made him a dead one. The ManKind Project offers trainings which support men in developing lives of integrity, accountability and connection to feeling." — From The ManKind Project Web site "They had three naked men bring out two chickens that they hit with a ­hammer." — Michael Scinto in a letter to a ­Madison County sheriff's deputy. Michael Scinto was literally scared to death. On an isolated 11-acre compound down a winding, country dirt road 110 miles north of Houston, Scinto watched as the leader...
  • Why chickens are twice as big today as they were 60 years ago

    01/08/2017 10:37:13 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 112 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | January 7, 2017 | Evie Liu
    American families are getting smaller and yet chickens are getting larger. As we begin 2017, Americans can look back at 2016 as yet another year with record-high chicken consumption—an average of 89.6 pounds per person. That’s more than three times as much as our grandparents ate. Chickens we eat today are twice as big as they were 60 years ago. In 1955, the average weight of chickens sold on market was 3.07 pounds, while the number for the first half of 2016 was 6.18 pounds, according to National Chicken Council, a nonprofit trade organization based in Washington, D.C.
  • Terry McAuliffe says his pet chicken named Hillary died right before election

    12/08/2016 4:25:57 PM PST · by kevcol · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2016 | Caitlin Yilek
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday his family's pet chicken named Hillary died right before the election. McAuliffe, a Democrat and a top Clinton ally, was asked about his four chickens in an interview with the Atlantic. "I hate to say this, one chicken died," he said. "About a month before the election, Hillary died." "We've got Hillary, Jr. now," he added. "She is bright and fluffy and making a lot of noise and healthy as an ox."
  • May 4 is International Respect for Chickens Day (FOR GREAT JUSTICE AND DIGNITY, Uh-Huh) THREAD II

    05/04/2016 7:17:11 AM PDT · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 70 replies
    United Poultry Concerns website ^ | "Updated 3 May 2016" | United Poultry Concerns
    The entire month of May is International Respect for Chickens Month! Please do an ACTION for chickens on or around May 4. Ideas include leafleting on a busy street corner, holding an office party or classroom celebration, writing a letter to the editor, doing a radio call-in.... (interrupted by my cackling and chortling)
  • Why You Should Keep Backyard Chickens

    04/07/2016 12:11:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 155 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 6, 2016 | Daniel Payne
    Many urban homeowners increasingly desire to keep small flocks of chickens in their backyards, and with good cause. There is no reason every family in this country that can run a flock of chickens in their backyard should not. This perfectly logical and reasonable habit—backyard chicken farming—has been buried under a great deal of hipster elitism (from many of the backyard chicken farmers themselves) and sneering derision (from their critics). Please try to ignore these detractors. If you can play host to backyard chickens, you should. It is, in many urban localities, easier said than done. This normal and praiseworthy...
  • More Fowl Play at Iowa Caucus Revealed

    02/04/2016 4:04:00 AM PST · by true believer forever · 139 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 2, 2016 | Youtube
    Jeff Roe, Cruz's campaign manager, pulled the exact same dirty trick with another candidate a few years ago. "An e-mail sent to news media outlets and a "tweet" issued by a fake Twitter account announced that Eckersley had suspended his campaign due to personal reasons. Eckersley blames his opponent, Republican Billy Long, for sending out the hoax days before the election, "You know this is dirty politics. This is Jeff Roe style management. That's who Billy's retained. That's who he writes the big checks to," Eckersley tells Missourinet affiliate KTTS.
  • Town Hall Attendee, Cooper Ask Hillary About How to ‘Defend’ Herself ‘from Right-Wing

    02/04/2016 7:39:46 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies ^ | 2/3/2016 | Curtis Houck
    Hillary Clinton faced one of the biggest softballs of the campaign yet on Wednesday night when a questioner at CNN's Democratic Presidential Town Hall wondered about how she will "defend" herself "against right-wing attacks" "once you become the nominee and elected."
  • Iraq says Saudi, Russia change tone on possible oil deal

    01/27/2016 7:47:46 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies ^ | Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:30pm EST | Rania El Gamal
    Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:30pm EST Iraq says Saudi, Russia change tone on possible oil deal KUWAIT | By Rania El Gamal OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and top non-OPEC producer Russia are showing signs of flexibility about agreeing to tackle an oil glut that has pushed prices to 12-year lows, the oil minister of Iraq said on Tuesday. "We have seen some flexibility from the brothers in Saudi and a change in tone from Russia," Adel Abdel Mahdi, whose country is the second-largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, said. His comments, made in Kuwait, boosted Brent...
  • Chickens are evolving 15 TIMES faster than expected:

    10/27/2015 7:41:08 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 121 replies ^ | 27 October 2015 | By Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline
    Scientists discover the birds have developed two mutations in just 50 years Genes of White Plymouth Rock chickens mutated twice in 50 years Scientists previously thought rate of change in mitochondrial genomes was never faster than about two per cent per million years Mutations suggest rate of evolution in the chickens is 15 times faster Study goes against theory evolution can only be seen over long periods
  • Starbucks to switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2020

    10/02/2015 6:42:23 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    AM New York ^ | October 2, 2015 | Reuters
    Starbucks will switch to using only eggs laid by cage-free chickens at its North American locations within five years, the company told Reuters on Thursday. The company said it has been steadily working on making the switch since it began buying cage-free eggs in 2008. The pledge follows similar moves by McDonald's Corp, Burger King Corp and food services company Sodexo SA. It is happening as North American egg suppliers are slowly starting to rebuild flocks after the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history.
  • 2007 - Year Of The Lapita? (Polynesian Breakthroughs)

    12/13/2007 1:03:09 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 208+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | January/Febuary 2008 | Mark Rose
    2007—Year of the Lapita? Volume 61 Number 1, January/February 2008 by Mark Rose Polynesian Breakthroughs A Polynesian chicken (Anita Gould) and a Chilean chicken bone (Courtesy Alice Storey) There was no doubt about including in our 2007 Top Ten the discovery that chicken bones from ancient Polynesian sites in Tonga and Samoa and El Arenal, a Chilean site occupied between A.D. 700 and 1390, had identical DNA. The chicken was domesticated in Southeast Asia, but how it arrived in the New World before Europeans arrived was a mystery. Now it seems that Polynesian seafarers brought them, adding to the evidence...
  • First Chickens in Americas Were Brought From Polynesia (came before Columbus)

    06/04/2007 6:55:26 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 842+ views
    NYT ^ | 06/05/07 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    First Chickens in Americas Were Brought From Polynesia By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD Why did the chicken cross the Pacific Ocean? To get to the other side, in South America. How? By Polynesian canoes, which apparently arrived at least 100 years before Europeans settled the continent. That is the conclusion of an international research team, which reported yesterday that it had found “the first unequivocal evidence for a pre-European introduction of chickens to South America,” or presumably anywhere in the New World. The researchers said that bones buried on the South American coast were from chickens that lived between 1304 and...
  • Did Ancient Drifters 'Discover' British Columbia?

    04/25/2012 4:58:58 PM PDT · by Theoria · 28 replies
    The Tyee ^ | 03 April 2012 | Daniel Wood
    Legends and bits of evidence tell a story of Asians arriving here long, long ago. Part one of two. "Even pale ink is better than memory." -- Chinese proverbAs the tide creeps over the sand flats of Pachena Bay south of Bamfield, it brings ashore the flotsam of the Pacific that -- on occasion -- hints at extraordinary travels and a mystery of historic proportions. Amid the kelp, in decades past, hundreds of green-glass fishing floats would arrive intact on the Vancouver Island coast, having ridden the powerful Japanese Current in year-long transits from Asia. But on rare occasions, entire...