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Messages - borealis

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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Trump really is the scary clown.

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Maybe it's an effect of lack of exercise?
Yeah, my first thought was that the "secret" to fat goats is that they spend all their time locked in a cage where they can barely move. Not exactly earth-shattering. Big Ag has known this "secret" for a very long time.
Not gonna look for it, but I recall among the symptoms of parasite infestation in goats are 'emaciation and swollen belly'.  :ohmy:

But their coat looks healthy and shiny, which probably indicates they are essentially healthy.

But sad.
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Big Ag doesn't seem too keen on factory farming sheep and goats:

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For 2002-2003, FAO estimates of industrial production as a percentage of global production were 7 percent for beef and veal, 0.8 percent for sheep and goat meat, 42 percent for pork, and 67 percent for poultry meat. Industrial production was estimated to account for 39 percent of the sum of global production of these meats and 50 percent of total egg production.[17] In the U.S., according to its National Pork Producers Council, 80 million of its 95 million pigs slaughtered each year are reared in industrial settings.[
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intensive_animal_farming

It is done, however; in the UK at least large numbers of goats are kept in big open barns their entire lives.

(Maybe not a completely trustworthy source, I've no info about Pet Samaritans.)

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Still, we imagined that goats would be farmed in a similar way to cows (better fencing perhaps) and would be out grazing most days and running in to the barns at night.   We've recently discovered that this isn't so.  In some commercial goat farms they are kept indoors for the whole of their lives, only leaving the shed to go into the milking parlour and then it's back again.

These are very large buildings where hundreds of goats live together under intensively farmed conditions.  There are central feeding areas where the goats poke their heads through bars to eat a maintenance ration.   Above all, goats are intelligent, inquisitive creatures with strong family ties.   Although they looked well cared for they are still always inside and with no chance of a natural Still, we imagined that goats would be farmed in a similar way to cows (better fencing perhaps) and would be out grazing most days and running in to the barns at night.   We've recently discovered that this isn't so.  In some commercial goat farms they are kept indoors for the whole of their lives, only leaving the shed to go into the milking parlour and then it's back again.

These are very large buildings where hundreds of goats live together under intensively farmed conditions.  There are central feeding areas where the goats poke their heads through bars to eat a maintenance ration.   Above all, goats are intelligent, inquisitive creatures with strong family ties.   Although they looked well cared for they are still always inside and with no chance of a natural life.  What happens to these thousands of goats when they don't milk so well?   It's a disturbing question.

http://www.petsamaritans.co.uk/are-goats-factory-farmed/

Those goats still have more physical freedom than Dave's, if less daylight.
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Yeah, do it. It's a rare opportunity and an interesting experience.
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Is it bloat?

Because those iliac crests stick out like blades.
I noticed that. Maybe it's the position the goat is taking? Because I just looked at a lot of photos of 'healthy goats' and in all of them there's considerably more meat at the ass end of the animal, with the space between the crests filled in and no concavity in the outer slopes to the legs.

Maybe it's an effect of lack of exercise?
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Poland
That's a lot of concerned people.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: The Cat Thread
Why the hell does my cat prefer drinking out of the toilet instead of the nice full dish of clean fresh water I gave him not more than two hours ago? Is he a reincarnated dog? Is it an addiction to the residual flavour of toilet bowl cleaner? I've also seen him drink out of muddy tire track puddles in the driveway as opposed to the lovely clean lake in front of the house.
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triggered boomer detected
Ha. Yeah, true.

Let me tell you about social and political ageism as it affects old women...

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it's a class of zombie from left4dead2 that is literally called a "boomer" because they explode when you shoot them.

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Ha. Thanks, cause I needed it explained.

ETA: So I was close.
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Kinda looks more like your ideal gamergater.  :unsure:
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You could quit ragging on your grandmother and recognize that it doesn't matter which generation it is, grossly wealthy capitalists have called the shots on doing nothing for decades. They got theirs.

My grandmother wasn't a boomer, tho.

That aside, I guess objectively you could look at generations of capitalists and the one previous the other could be worse. With that said, there has been also an objective growth in middle class wealth that doesn't belong exclusively to the petty bourgeoisie. Working class boomers sold out millennial workers, choosing to get a bigger plate of scraps as an individual middle class worker rather than trying to stand against the bourgeoisie and act as a class for itself when it had more than enough opportunities to do so. I'm tempted to see it all through class, but there's an ideology that came with the boomers that, up and down, made this shit a lot worse.
What Boomers are you talking about? All of them or Americans?

The Boomers, more than anything, comprise/d a huge demographic, an enormous number of children were born in a relatively short time, and just when infant mortality was dropping from better medical knowledge and things like vaccines.

As for 'ideology', Boomers had and have (outside the US at least) a pretty broad range of politics, we aren't some kind of shambling monster.
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You could quit ragging on your grandmother and recognize that it doesn't matter which generation it is, grossly wealthy capitalists have called the shots on doing nothing for decades. They got theirs.
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I once made one hold my high heeled shoes while I changed most of my clothes (went from work to airport and needed to look fancy when I exited the plane) in the airplane seat next to him. He was polite but seemed... perturbed.
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Yeah, I always tell them not to waste it - I'm pretty sure a lot of it has to be printed in their little Hall. It's a problematic denomination, but I'd rather be nice to people that live in my community, costs nothing. 
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We don't have wandering door to door Baptists or Evangelicals. Just JWs and the rare young Mormons on their missionary year.

Because it's rural, the local JWs have to live with the community, so they aren't very persistent, and are easily led into talking about birds and boats and lakes and the like.
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10 books worth, woo! I may have to read them.

One of the simulations in Tad Williams Otherland (four books) is an advanced civilization in South America. I've wished he'd expanded on it a bit more, because it was interesting even as a brief exploration.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: Invertebrates
So dyslexic nematodes.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: Invertebrates
Nematodes?

Are they trying to spell 'bus'? Do they need transportation?
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: Invertebrates
Like this photo series by Hendy Mp in Sambas, Indonesia - a sample:



http://www.boredpanda.com/frog-riding-beetle-hendy-mp/

okay, there's an amphibian in there too.
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TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: Invertebrates
You'll have to kill VoxRat.

Consider the cat posts as bait, MSG. Gradually more inverts will be introduced and they'll see them because they expect cats.
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I thought so. It's the one that best suggests both his size and the remoteness of his habitat.

Also is pretty.  :yes:
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Oh good. Among all the horrid things people do to animals, keeping wounded suffering bears to extract their bile has to be one of the worst.