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  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Useful links) Vol. 11, March 16, 2012

    03/16/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 153 replies · 2+ views
    Friday, March 16, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning FRiends and gardeners! During the rain this past week, I've had a chance to do some reading and found some articles that may be of interest to you. So this week I am sharing links, and I hope you enjoy them and find some useful information. I also hope that you'll check in and let us know how your garden/garden planning is coming along.In Kitchen Garden Creation, you'll learn about growing culinary and visual delights in the same place.The following links are for those interested in improving the structure of their soil. If you have rocks or...
  • 1692 Salem Witch Trial Document Sold at Auction

    03/15/2012 3:14:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 15, 2012
    1692 Salem witch trial document sold at auction The original court indictment of Margaret Scott, an elderly Rowley woman, was hanged during the witchcraft hysteria in Salem in 1692. (Swann Auction Galleries) (CBS/AP) SALEM, Mass - A document from the Salem witch trials was sold at auction for $31,200 when it hit the auction block on Thursday. Pre-auction estimates put it between $25,000 to $35,000. The original court indictment of Margaret Scott, a widow from Rowley, Massachusetts in her 70s, and one of the last people hanged during the 1692 hysteria in colonial Massachusetts. It was part of a private...
  • Ghosts, Aliens and Psychology

    03/14/2012 10:32:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Border Mail ^ | 15 Mar, 2012 | Howard Jones
    GHOSTS and aliens fascinate Dr Krissy Wilson, even though she doesn’t actually believe in them. “But I’m not pooh-poohing the claims from people who do believe,” the psychology lecturer at Charles Sturt University’s Albury-Wodonga campus said yesterday. Dr Wilson is inviting both believers and sceptics to a forum where they can learn about the para normal and the psychology of belief. If they wish, they can tell of seeing a ghost or having some other weird, inexplicable experience. Dr Wilson, a former actress who has taught psychology in London and Tasmania, is setting up a research unit into the subject,...
  • Arsenal Firearms Introduces Double Barrel Pistol (Gun Porn!)

    03/13/2012 6:07:23 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 14 replies
    Guns & Ammo ^ | 12 March 2012 | Iain Harrison
    It may come as a surprise to some (and boy, do I feel like a cantankerous old geezer for saying this,) but firearms are a mature technology. We all have to be aware that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should” Following the invention of the double column magazine by Deudonne Saive, there really haven’t been a whole lot of original ideas coming out of the handgun industry for the last 75 years. Yes, I know, underqualified hacks like me will tell you all about the latest whizbang doodad from SHOT show, but in comparison to say,...
  • Michigan Family Discovers Rarest Football Card Collection in History

    A Michigan family was cleaning out an old farmhouse and accidentally stumbled across a long-sought after collection of football cards worth thousands of dollars and considered perhaps the rarest such collection in history. The set is highlighted by an "anonymous" card of former Harvard football player John Dunlop, which was first issued in 1894. The Dunlop card alone is reportedly worth $10,000, according to Lou Brown, president of Legends Sports and Games. "If it was in the right condition, it could be worth up to $60,000," Brown told Yahoo! News in a phone interview. "We get a lot of calls...
  • I’m a girl, and I hunt

    03/10/2012 6:21:14 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Opinion ^ | March 10, 2012 | Georgia Pellegrini
    In Roman mythology, the master of the hunt was the goddess Diana. She was praised for her strength, athletic grace, beauty, and hunting skills. In Freemasonry, she was a symbol of sensibility and imagination, of poets and artists. Shrines were erected in her honor; stags followed her wherever she went; she ruled the forest and the moon. I like to think that Diana’s influence has never entirely waned, that hunting was never just about men getting together in the woods. Hunting is for all of us, an extension of our being both humans and animals—our first work and craft, one...
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (March 10, 2012)

    03/10/2012 11:31:36 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 49 replies · 2+ views
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 10, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 14th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread for 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or three- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • Think the Giottos Rocket Blower Looks Like a Bomb? The TSA Does Too

    03/09/2012 8:14:58 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 09, 2012 | swampsniper
    The Giottos Rocket is a popular tool used by photographers to remove dust from cameras and glass, but if you’re in love with yours, you might want to think twice about flying with it. Reddit user gynoceros found out the hard way that some TSA airport screeners aren’t too enthusiastic about the Rocket’s shape. He writes, FYI — If you attempt to fly with a Giottos Rocket Blower (you know, rubber bulb you squeeze to force air down a nozzle to blow dust off your sensor — no metal, no moving parts), the TSA may confiscate it because it “looks...
  • 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...
  • [vanity] Sourcing a used S&W M&P AR-15 - suggestions sought

    03/09/2012 10:25:20 AM PST · by Blueflag · 29 replies
    3/9/2012 | blueflag
    I am in the market for a used S&W M&P AR-15, or the user-equivalent. My question is where would you experienced FReepers go ONLINE to find reputable sellers. I am aware of, but have never bought a firearm online anywhere. I recognize the role of a licensed firearms dealer in the purchase. I also know how to visit and shop local gun dealers. I am seeking your guidance and counsel specifically with regard to shopping for used firearms ONLINE. Best sources? What to ask about/ watch out for/ etc. AND how to make certain no legal boundaries are crossed....
  • Will the ipad2 be discounted? (vanity chat)

    03/07/2012 6:08:24 AM PST · by Mamzelle · 17 replies
    3-7-12 | Mamzelle
    I'm in the market for an ipad, but it doesn't have to be the new one. I'm not hearing of any deals on the ipad2 now that the ipad3 is coming out. What do you think? I was hoping to buy a discounted ipad2.
  • Libertarianism and the Civil War

    03/06/2012 8:27:38 AM PST · by donmeaker · 105 replies · 1+ views
    Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 6 March 2012 | Ilya Somin
    There are, generally speaking, three types of libertarian perspectives on the Civil War. Many libertarians actually support the war, some condemn it without defending the Confederacy, and some are actually pro-Confederate.
  • Man ordered to remove 72-ft boat from yard

    03/06/2012 6:13:25 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 87 replies
    upi ^ | March. 5, 2012
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., A California man who has spent the past six years restoring a 72-foot ship in his yard said the city is ordering him to get rid of the boat. Dennis Holland, who has been restoring the Shawnee, a 1916 ketch, at his Newport Beach home, said city officials obtained a court injunction giving him until April 30 to get rid of the vessel, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Deputy City Attorney Kyle Rowen said Holland faces fines of up to $1,000 per day or possible jail time if he does not comply with the injunction, which...
  • Man pleads not guilty in Conn. brain-eating case

    03/05/2012 8:57:07 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 03/05/2012
    A Floridian charged with hacking a Connecticut homeless man to death with an ax and eating some of his brain and an eyeball has pleaded not guilty to murder. The Connecticut Post reports ( that Tyree Smith, a Florida resident who grew up in Ansonia, Conn., also waived his right Monday to a probable cause hearing in Bridgeport Superior Court.
  • Save the Georgetown Sluts (Creating Lasting Change for Sluts in Need)

    03/03/2012 7:48:27 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    Save the Georgetown Sluts About our program- Welcome to the world of the slut, promising yet gloomy, hopeful, yet in despair. The hand that holds the Cosmo, the procreator, the aborter of tomorrow; a slut shapes the destiny of civilization. Such is the tragic irony of fate, that a beautiful creation such as the slut is today one of the gravest concerns facing humanity, with a volley of congressional hearings, conferences ...and events held for the cause, with topmost world leaders at the helm. Won't you help? For less than the price of a Latte, you too can ensure...
  • Interesting add-on for Firefox - Collusion

    03/03/2012 6:52:18 PM PST · by djf · 47 replies
    I just installed the "Collusion" add-on to Firefox. Anybody else tried this one? It shows a graphic of websites that are supposedly tracking you when you open a page. So far, FR is clean. Rense IS NOT! Neither is Drudge! Not sure exactly what it means by "websites that are tracking me". Cookies? One of those weird pixel thingamajigs? I may leave it installed, I might trash it, not sure yet...

    03/03/2012 11:32:39 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    self | Mar. 03, 2012 | swampsniper
    It's a given in bird and critter photography that closer is always better but a big lens will work too.This is a Sigma 400mm f5.6 in Minolta A mount. In this pic it's on my Minolta Maxxum XTsi but it also fits my Sony. On the Sony it is equivalent to 600mm.This lens was made in the mid 80s but can pass for new, not a blemish on it anywhere.
  • FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread (March 3, 2012)

    03/03/2012 9:46:42 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 22 replies
    FreeRepublic Cooks | March 3, 2012 | libertarian27
    Welcome to the 13th installment of the FReeper Weekly Recipe Thread 2012. Looking for something new to make or made something new that came out great? Please share a 'tried-and-true' recipe or three- for fellow FReepers to add to their 'go-to' Recipe Stack of Family Favorites! Here's the place to share and explore your latest and greatest favorite recipe. (All 2011 FReeper Recipes are on my profile page as an Online Cookbook Thread Link)
  • 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...
  • Kodak Kills Off Its Color Reversal Films

    03/01/2012 5:40:05 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies · 5+ views
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 01, 2012 | swampsniper
    Kodak announced today that it has decided to discontinue its color reversal (AKA slide) films due to a steady decrease in sales and usage. The films discontinued are Ektachrome E100G/E100VS and Elite Chrome Extra Color 100. The company estimates that based on current sales pace, you’ll still be able to purchase the discontinued films for about six to nine months. If you were a loyal Kodak slide film shooter, it’ll soon be time to switch over to negative film or to Fujifilm color reversal films.