• Hanover
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    Here's an intersting article about agriculture policies in communist countries in recent history.

    https://broadstreet.blog/2021/04/30/a-tale-of-two-famines/#:~:text=Around%206%20to%2010%20million,are%20also%20the%20most%20documented.
  • T Clark
    10.7k
    Here's an intersting article about agriculture policies in communist countries in recent history.Hanover

    Interesting article and interesting website. Do you know anything about who and what Broadstreet is and does?
  • Hanover
    9.5k
    Interesting article and interesting website. Do you know anything about who and what Broadstreet is and does?T Clark

    No, I just looked for a site about the communist famines and that popped up.

    If you go to the site's drop down menu and hit the About tab, it'll tell you the background.

    If you're curious about this, look at: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trofim_Lysenko

    He was the guy who arrived at pseudoscientific agricultural theories that wiped out the crops in Russia and China. Not clear if it was intentional, negligent, or the product of centralized thought systems.

    Anyway, tragedy of tragedies.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jan/01/china-great-famine-book-tombstone
  • T Clark
    10.7k
    If you go to the site's drop down menu and hit the About tab, it'll tell you the background.Hanover

    I looked there and there isn't much relevant information. One thing that makes me suspicious is that they don't even have a Wikipedia page. I've always assumed that if it doesn't have a Wikipedia page, it doesn't really exist. Wait....turns out The Philosophy Forum doesn't have a page either, although Penthouse Forum does. Oh...wow man...heavy. I wonder if this is all a figment of my imagination. Maybe I should start a page for the forum. It would be shame if it doesn't exist after all this time. Although it might explain a lot.

    If you're curious about this, look at: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trofim_LysenkoHanover

    Yes. I am familiar with the story.


    Interesting, although it doesn't have anything to do with China. It's about Wyatt Earp and his brothers.

    I might feel bad about making light of such a tragedy, but at least it's not a picture of a doll's head with human teeth imbedded.
  • Hanover
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    Thought I was dreaming, but this really just happened.
  • javi2541997
    2.7k
    Happy Lunar Year! :up: :flower: :sparkle:

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  • frank
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    Is it possible that mass shootings will become so mundane that a guy can't really make a name for himself that way, so they become less common?
  • T Clark
    10.7k
    Oh, no. Say it ain't so:

    Since 2019, consecutive summer mass die-offs of bay scallops in the Peconic Estuary on Long Island, New York, have led to the collapse of the bay scallop fishery in New York and the declaration of a federal fishery disaster, with landings down more than 99 percent...

    ...The study also revealed that although Massachusetts waters are still in the safe range for bay scallops, they have warmed at a rate even faster than New York waters and could be threatened in the future.
    Coastal News Today

    No. No. No, no, no.
  • BC
    11.5k
    YOUR TASK: Find the next secure cold water scallop fishery. And be quick about it.

    Are oysters similarly threatened? Or are they more comfortable in warm slop?
  • Shawn
    12.6k
    Sitting here in California and constantly hearing in the news about these nutcases killing people with guns in my vicinity.
  • T Clark
    10.7k
    Find the next secure cold water scallop fishery. And be quick about it.BC

    Not a problem. New England and the Maritimes will probably still have scallops for as long as I'll be living, although I'm sure the price, already high, will be exorbitant. One of the advantages of being old.

    Are oysters similarly threatened? Or are they more comfortable in warm slop?BC

    I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay and they have oysters there. They have oysters in New Orleans. The consensus is that cold water oysters are best. I haven't had enough warm water ones to judge. The raw ones in New Orleans were terrible. That's probably why they fry them and put them in stews.
  • Metaphysician Undercover
    10.8k
    "In a clinical study of 9,000 cats studied over eight years, placed under constant video surveillance by professors at the University of East Arkansas, Barnesville campus...Hanover

    I would like to see a study on the effects of placing cats under video surveillance. We know from reality TV shows that creatures tend to act differently when under video surveillance. Or is this just a product of the editing of those shows? Who can give us the truth on these matters?
  • Hanover
    9.5k
    They actually did a study with video cameras being placed under surveillance and found that the cameras being watched watched others more watchfully because they knew they were being watched.

    It's like why a watched pot won't boil.
  • Hanover
    9.5k
    I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay and they have oysters there.T Clark

    No, you grew up grew up on shrimp boat with Forrest Gump.
  • Noble Dust
    6.3k
    Congrats to @Wayfarer for being promoted to mod at long last.
  • BC
    11.5k
    YouTube is infested with videos of pets under video surveillance, and yes -- it makes cats, dogs, and parrots brighter, cuter, and smarter. Your dog does nothing until you get out a camera and then it immediately changes its behavior. This is the media age and domestic animals have watched a lot of television from puppy/kitten/chick/hood on up. They understand the importance in getting as much on-camera time as possible.
  • BC
    11.5k
    @Noble Dust
    Keep up the good work Wayf.
    Metaphysician Undercover

    Has it been determined that being a moderator is more a curse or more a blessing? I would thank @Wayfarer but it is, after all, a thankless job. Instead, weeping, we say "So sorry you took the job."
  • Wayfarer
    16.7k
    Kinda fell into it consequent to drafting the Help article. Happy to help out although have actually done anything yet. I was a moderator at the Dharmawheel for a while, never found it particularly onerous.
  • Metaphysician Undercover
    10.8k

    Well pull out that banning stick, and we'll see you in the Bannings thread, where you can display some gumption and muscle.
  • Wayfarer
    16.7k
    Hey I'm a Libran. Always terrible at reffing. But if I spot obvious trolls or phishing scams I will be merciless.
  • Metaphysician Undercover
    10.8k

    Oh I think we should all fear the wand waving Wafarer.
  • Hanover
    9.5k
    I was looking for a way to make homemade tandoori chicken, but it looked like that would require a heavy investment into a tandoori oven, so I nixed that idea. The word tandoori got mixed up with tagine, which is a Moroccan cooking pot, and that investment wasn't that much, so I bought one and a cookbook.

    I'm going to make some olive and chicken thigh Moroccan food. I'll eat it with all the fucking bread I'm going to make too.

    Thoughts?
  • T Clark
    10.7k
    Kinda fell into it consequent to drafting the Help article. Happy to help out although have actually done anything yet. I was a moderator at the Dharmawheel for a while, never found it particularly onerous.Wayfarer

    Yes - Congratulations, condolences. Now you can ban all those materialists.
  • Noble Dust
    6.3k
    I'll eat it with all the fucking bread I'm going to make too.Hanover

    Are you going to make some fucking Moroccan flat bread or more gray American bread?
  • Wayfarer
    16.7k
    Now you can ban all those materialists.T Clark

    What? And prevent them from digging themselves into even greater holes?
  • Noble Dust
    6.3k


    I've always felt @Wayfarer should be a mod for the sake of having a more balanced staff. It's good to have a woo woo guy in power.
  • T Clark
    10.7k
    I would like to see a study on the effects of placing cats under video surveillance. We know from reality TV shows that creatures tend to act differently when under video surveillance. Or is this just a product of the editing of those shows? Who can give us the truth on these matters?Metaphysician Undercover

    I looked on the web and the consensus from feline specialists is that the cucumber thing is not funny. But , no matter what they say in public, they must have laughed when they saw the videos.
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