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Politics and Current Events / Re: #FyreFestival
I'm listening to an excellent live version of fire on the mountain right now. Those guys knew how to throw festivals
In other words: do you have any evidence that Henry of Burgundy, say, introduced French to his subjects? Or evidence that he introduced it to his aristocracy, and that the aristocratic language is what became Portuguese? Anything beyond who the ruler was?
Or that Henry of burgundy even spoke French? I have no idea but it isn't a given.
wonder how many people out there are seriously defending him, not even necessarily out of blind alt-right loyalty, but because they don't have a clue how thin his "resume" is.  like I assume there are people who still take this "phd" seriously, and think he has "qualifications".

And most of those people will also rail against academic elites.
And demand that Wikipedia is a perfectly legitimate citation on a dissertation.
Nobody would have thought farming would be so complicated.
Of course farming is easy if you just do what everyone else is doing, destroying ecosystems, exploiting and mistreating animals and producing disease causing food.  But if you care anything about the health of the planet, the health and well being of the animals, and the physical and mental health of the humans involved in farming ... well then ... there are very very few people doing that.  What I am developing - and the development process is a lot of hard work and trial and error - are systems for what you might called "micro-farming" which I think is going to end up being more sustainable long term than anything else in the category of "sustainable agriculture." 
Goddamn you are ignorant.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I think someone's screwing with wherever you got that flag image, vox. Can't quite see what those stars are supposed to be, but they're definitely not the stars...
They're fleur-de-lis.
They're airplanes
It's even easier now than it was back then to show support for my admittedly imprecise statement about Portuguese ...

Foundation of the Kingdom of Portugal

At the end of the 11th century, the Burgundian knight Henry became count of Portugal and defended its independence by merging the County of Portugal and the County of Coimbra. His efforts were assisted by a civil war that raged between León and Castile and distracted his enemies.

Henry's son Afonso Henriques took control of the county upon his death. The city of Braga, the unofficial Catholic centre of the Iberian Peninsula, faced new competition from other regions. Lords of the cities of Coimbra and Porto fought with Braga's clergy and demanded the independence of the reconstituted county.

Portugal traces its national origin to 24 June 1128, the date of the Battle of São Mamede. Afonso proclaimed himself Prince of Portugal after this battle and in 1139, he assumed the title King of Portugal. In 1143, the Kingdom of León recognised him as King of Portugal by the Treaty of Zamora. In 1179, the papal bull Manifestis Probatum of Pope Alexander III officially recognised Afonso I as king. After the Battle of São Mamede, the first capital of Portugal was Guimarães, from which the first king ruled. Later, when Portugal was already officially independent, he ruled from Coimbra.

In case anyone doesn't know where "Burgundy" is ... here ya go ...

In case you don't what that light grey area is ... uh ... it's France.  Lol
Pulling this forward.
All this does is show that you don't even understand the basics of Darwinism or the implications of Darwinism.

Which figures when you're talking about someone who isn't even aware that the whole theory is dead.

Go Dave go!
I am a religionophobe, but I don't hate religious people.

People who use fairy tales as justification for hate, cruelty or death upon others, are pretty crazy and morally bankrupt IMHO, no matter what brand of religious crap they subscribe to.

Any social animal from bumble bees to humans, has the problem of trying to reconcile two perceived realities: the perceived reality that they from sensing and processing natural phenomena, and the perceived social reality of their group, tribe or hive.

What we can infer is that all religions are potentially addictive agents. Like all addictive agents [such as psycho-active drugs], individual response is variable. But basically, any addictive agent can mess with the pleasure/goal/reward centres of the brain, causing changes which can compromise morality and cognition. The brain is a heuristic computer after all. Addiction tends to substitute long term goals with sort term goals, ie, getting the next 'fix". For an alcoholic, one drink is never enough. But not everyone who has a beer or a glass of wine will turn into an alcoholic.

Of course, one can get religious apologists claiming that "Islamic terrorists" [same-same for all religions] are not "True Muslims", thus making a "No True Scotsman" fallacy. Partly because there is no reliable link between religion-ism and violent radicalism. Indeed, a dose of more moderate religious teaching can sometimes moderate radicalism, but that isn't a reliable solution either. Perhaps because it is a little more successful than giving an alcoholic a drink, people think it is an effective way to combat "religious" terrorism.

Probably more effective is more education, giving people a much more diverse intellectual base to work from. Knowledge of all religions, scientific literacy and so on, would seem to be a better way of promoting tolerance and understanding between peoples.

Religion is a type of self-medication, and like all attempts to self-medicate, has the potential for side effects to occur, not least the possibility of addiction. Most religions appeal by selling the false idea that humans are imperfect [true], but guilty and responsible for their imperfections, and only through salvation via a deity, or via some special way of living [Buddhists], can they achieve peace and harmony.

You show a lot of negatives within religions. I see a lot of dislike for them in what you put so eloquently above. I have to wonder why you have not let your justified dislike move to hate.

I do see a correlation between religions and violence.

Pleas view this link and wonder about all the wars that religions have started in the last 5,000 years. And yes, I recognize that some were secular, so here I am speaking more of Inquisitions, holy wars and Jihads.


Use your hate, Luke.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Kim
I read a new york times article yesterday that was basically pure war drumbeat propaganda with literally no facts given, just "unverifiable" statements from anonymous security people that nk could possibly be able to make a nuke every 6 months sometime soon and it reminded me why I will never pay them for a subscription.
Witness protection program has to be pretty solid to hide these guys from Putin. Since this whole thing went mafia months ago, I feel justified wondering if Putin told them to go ahead and turn on the Americans and bring down the government for lols.
Wow. Cited Wikipedia in his dissertation.
When you masturbate to images of arabs, do you scream out curses?
I try and I try not to hate. Sometimes, though, I hate you.
Trump picks a pointless fight with a key ally at the wrong time

Donald Trump had already taken unnecessary steps to alienate South Korea, a key U.S. ally. The American president said he'd already dispatched an "armada," led by an aircraft carrier, towards the peninsula, when in reality, he hadn't. Trump added insult to injury by declaring, falsely, that the Korean Peninsula "used to be a part of China."

For reasons that don't appear to make any sense, Trump is apparently trying to make matters worse. The Washington Post reported:
President Trump threatened to terminate the U.S. trade agreement with South Korea in an interview Thursday night, declaring that the five-year-old accord with a key ally was "a horrible deal" that has left America "destroyed."

During an Oval Office interview about trade policy in North America, Trump served notice that he is looking to disrupt an important partnership in the tumultuous Asia-Pacific region as well -- even with Seoul on edge because of North Korea's escalating military provocations.

Of course the orange moron hasn't a clue what is in that agreement.
South Korea was once part of China in the same sense that Portuguese is a mixture of Spanish and French.
Portuguese IS a mixture of Spanish and French ...  if by "Spanish" and "French" we mean "the language that became modern Spanish" and "the language that became modern French"

Way back then I did not fully appreciate how twisted people's minds become when they spend many years in university ... had I realized that, I would have been more precise in my wording
way back then you didn't understand that specific claims require specific evidence. You still don't for that matter.
Also, the idea of sexuality makes a lot of people go stupid. Believing in some absoluteness or objectivity of cultural norms makes them repress the ability to actually take their own sexuality into account in a wider framework of society which makes weird strategies to both assuage guilt and achieve the gratification that the repression makes weirder and weirder and weirder as time goes on.

People are horny. And when they're kids/20 somethings they're horny enough to override the ability to think logically about their horniness so life has an entire universe dedicated to sexuality separate from the normal universe of existence. If they go through the kid super-horny phase with either some success at creating power in that universe or no success at all at that, then they go into real adulthood with serious problems because adults know what sorts of chances to take to achieve power related goals that kids/20 somethings don't. 

why is it that right-wingers are basically all rapists?
I think the answer is pretty obvious. If your modus operandi is utterly personally directed thought, then everyone who fits that bill comes under the umbrella. One group jst doesn't want to pay taxes and doesn't see beyond that. Another is racist and doesn't see beyond that. Another is whackadoodle religious and doesn't see beyond that. And all of them dimly recognize that the same group of people is trying to thwart their single issue politics so they band together against the common enemy. Proximity of association does the rest.
Politics and Current Events / Re: #FyreFestival
Nm. I just read the link in the OP. Bizarre.
Politics and Current Events / Re: #FyreFestival
I don't get what happened. Were there no bands? Did no one show up? Were the pictures fakes? What specifically was the scam?
And by the way, thank you, testy, for displaying an ounce of intellectual honesty.
Um. You're welcome.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Kim

Mr. Trump also raised some eyebrows in South Korea by saying that Korea used to be "part of China."

If that were true, would it carry more weight than the (actual) fact that California and Texas used to be part of Mexico? :hmm:

It would be more like a territory that used to be part of the US.
The pig mishap was not serious stupidity. It was just complete lack of experience. Goats and rabbits do just fine with extreme cold - like below zero - so it didn't even enter my head to consider 30s and 40s being a problem for a pig.
Even though you were warned
No one here warned me about 30s and 40s. They warned me about overheating and "your pigs will eat your chickens."
Do you want to bet?
But soon. Right?
How am I supposed to know? All I know is (a) the media makes shit up about Trump at about the same rate that you guys make shit up about me and (b) Congress is investigating Obamagate (c) people went to jail over Watergate which seems mild by comparison
Let me repeat and summarize this so you get the full picture of Faid's arrogance.

 Firstly, I myself have had two bad experiences with goats in the past. Secondly, I hear stories all the time from people who have also had bad experiences with goats.  Thirdly, I just related an incident about a friend of mine who has a decent sized farm and has years and years of experience with farming  including goats and even she was  lamenting on Facebook about what a pain in the ass they are and how they are constantly escaping and causing trouble.

 In spite of all this, Faid the all knowing medical doctor "knows of a better way."

Having had a slew of bad goat experiences in my childhood, I can vouch for the need to find a better way to deal with goats than the ways Americans traditionally use. Without shepherds and big land areas to move a flock around in, I don't think there is a really good way to use pastures and paddocks. Tethering has it's own problems and wouldn't work for a full time solution so I'm not totally against your solution although I suspect it wouldn't work well with more goats. Still, you could add robopens.
Stepping back out of the Zombies Alternate Reality World for a moment and back into the Real World ... here's a video of the latest and greatest from my Robopen ...

I have discovered a way to simulate natural goat browsing behavior more closely by programming 30 second moves of about 1 ft in distance in the pen movement system.  I have full control via a Basic Stamp 2 and it's working well.  Currently I have two programs - Daytime and Nighttime.  The goats seem to like grazing hard for 30 minutes or so during the day, followed by an hour or so of rest.  They are currently getting roughly 6 of these cycles per day.  At night, they like to rest more, so I give them a total of 3 such cycles separated by about 3 hour resting periods.  The 30 second / 1 ft moves create a sense of excitement and urgency in their grazing ... they are always at the leading edge of the pen apparently wanting to make sure they don't miss any of that fresh grass.  It also distracts  Betsy, my dominant goat from head butting Polly.  Betsy is so busy eating that she doesn't bother head butting very much whereas if the pen stays stationary for an hour, she gets bored within 10 minutes after the move and starts causing trouble.

Creating a MOBILE rabbit colony has proved challenging and the biggest challenge was finding a lightweight, black netting material that's strong enough to withstand rabbit chewing AND goats putting their front feet on it to nibble on leaves of branches that I hang over the side of the pen.  I just received an order of new material yesterday so I hope to do testing this next week.  Meanwhile, I have a new female - a Silver Fox breed which is larger than my other two does which escaped during my early mobile colony testing.  She will be ready for breeding in about 2 weeks and I may leave her in the fixed pen to go through one breeding cycle so as not to introduce too many variables all at once.  I will test my new mobile pen with a low value buck so as to minimize my losses if he escapes.  The mobile colony concept has bee a challenge to create and I don't know of anyone else doing it yet and of course it may ultimately fail.  Time will tell ...  "you don't know unless you try."

I will be adding chickens to the mobile pen next week as well and of course chickens are easy if you do things traditionally ... but I pretty much never do anything traditionally so I am expecting Murphy's Law to be in full operation with my chickens as well.

Hopefully some of the idiots around here will soon come to their senses and realize that anytime you try something new that no one else is doing, there will be mistakes and losses.  But the prize goes to the one who can walk through these losses, make adjustments and come out on the other side with success.
That's pretty cool in a lot of ways. The headbutting thing is something that is worth paying a lot of attention to especially since they are pregnant. Goats have mean in their souls even if they don't always show it. If you see signs that Polly appears really afraid of Betsy sometimes, you might need to take some separation measures until the kids are born.

I've been thinking about the chickens part of your idea and I'm wondering why you wouldn't make a separate robopen for chickens that dragged behind the first. Some design ideas have occurred to me that could be useful. For both robopens, I wonder if strap iron skids might be good to extend the life of the pens. My experience with wood frames exposed to elements makes me think the lifespan of each robopen might only be 2 or 3 years and it might be good to make them more modular so you can replace just the parts that wear out as they wear out rather than the whole thing when it starts looking like it might break during a move.