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Space Force is insanely bad

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: How Many Credit Cards Do You Have?
« on: June 05, 2020, 10:18:54 PM »
I cancelled a chase rewards flight and they also have a dollar credit. And one way was United and the other was Hawaiian so it's a real pain

Essentially Flyertalk / Re: San Francisco things
« on: June 05, 2020, 04:13:09 PM »

both of those last two made me chuckle!

here's a take!


Farmers have always helped their neighbors when needed and now some are putting acres towards helping out their communities after seeing long lines outside local food pantries and empty shelves at the stores as a result of the pandemic.
There is a small but growing movement including several large row croppers who are not only bridging the huge gap between themselves and consumers but also trying to do some extra good by donating produce that is harvested from their "Milpa acres".
Definition of Milpa Acres: A milpa is a field in which farmers plant a dozen crops at once including corn, avocados, multiple varieties of squash and bean, melon, tomatoes, chilis, sweet potato, etc. Milpa crops are nutritionally and environmentally complementary. Corn lacks the amino acids, lysine, and tryptophan which the body needs to make proteins and niacin, but the beans have both lysine and tryptophan. The Squashes, for their part, provide an array of vitamins; avocados, fats, etc. The milpa, in the estimation of H. Garrison Wilkes, a corn researcher at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, "is one of the most successful human inventions ever created."
Tom Cannon, who operates 10,000 acres of crops and cattle near Blackwell, Oklahoma, was already getting hit hard from the trade war battles, then the effects of COVID-19 on the food supply chain led him to make the move to Milpa and help out those needing a meal. I found one of his comments interesting, where he mentioned that even farmers are dependent on our fragile food system and a lot of them are only four days away from hunger, not something we often think about. As a result, Cannon decided to start growing a variety of fruits and vegetables for local consumption. It’s the perfect way for a commodity farmer to grow produce without changing farming practices. I'm told you can just load the drill with 50 plus species and don’t ever have to go back until it is time to harvest, which most times you don't even do yourself.
From what I understand, most of these Milpa plots not only put food on the grower's plates but most of the 4,000 plus pounds of produce each acre delivers get donated to local community groups like food banks, youth groups, and churches. All they have to do is agree to do the harvesting. When that's finished, the rest serves as green manure for the field. Keep in mind, so far most of the growers who are stepping up are also committed regenerative farmers who are already on board with the benefits beyond the ease of planting which include crowding out weeds, encouraging beneficial insects, and increasing soil moisture retention.
We read an article the other day in Successful Farming that told about Sedgwick, Kansas, farmer Ryan Speer and his wife, Jennifer, who have planted a Milpa Gardens for three years. The Speers have harvested tons of produce, giving it not only to the Food and Farm Council, but to the Salvation Army, women’s shelters, and employees of the Newton, Kansas, hospital where Jennifer works. They pick three times a week, two hours per night harvesting, putting the food in laundry baskets, filling five to six laundry baskets full of vegetables every few days. The Speers grow a few rows of sweet corn separately in a cornfield, and add those ears to the baskets, while Jennifer provides recipes on how to fix meals with these vegetables. Read their full story HERE.
Some growers may not like a field that doesn't have straight rows but for the locals, it adds a new experience to acquiring your food as it's more of a scavenger hunt, where you have to navigate through the cover, never exactly knowing when you're going to run across that watermelon you crave. Cannon says one of the greatest joys he receives is the sounds of delight that come from his fields, as children and adults finally happen upon what they are looking for. It seems like harvesting a Milpa unleashes the inner forager in everyone.
Over the past three years, Milpa mix has been slowly gaining popularity and according to Keith Berns, co-owner of Green Cover Seed in Bladen, Nebraska, who helped formulate the first seed mixes, the number of orders suddenly doubled this spring. Berns who currently is donating a free acre of seed to anyone who commits to donating the harvest, is also thinking much bigger. With 200 million acres planted with corn, soy, and wheat in the U.S., Berns says if every producer just dedicated a fractional percentage of their land to a Milpa garden, it could result in a massive increase in national vegetable production. Keep in mind, farming regions across the U.S. may be growing plenty of crops, but rural communities have long had limited access to nutrient-rich fresh food, and this could be a great win-win. Something to think about and consider if you are looking for ways to help your community. (Source: CivilEats, KansasRuralCenter; SuccessfulFarming)

This from a consultant I follow on LinkedIn.  Maybe needs to be in garden thread, but I am going to research this for next spring.


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reminds me of this! my dad is looking into regenerative farming

that birotor combine! It looks like it's gonna pop a wheelie

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: MAGA
« on: June 05, 2020, 02:25:05 PM »
Will an O'Keefe update suffice?


the go to was obviously multiple trigger squeezes with rubber bullets...

I didn't even notice the rubber bullets at first!

is this even real


it's obvious that cops are trained to beat the crap out of someone with a baton if they don't want to murder them with their gun first

Good thread. I believe Minneapolis had 7 of 8


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hell yeah

I remember debates among farmer kids on the value of a cylinder combine (John Deere) vs. a rotary (Case IH, Gleaner). Pretty sure all the John Deeres are rotary now so those cylinder purists look pretty silly now! :lol:


I'm kind of surprised Chicago has been so far behind New York and LA when it comes to videos of cops beating the crap out of people. Looks like they're working on it.

I will yield to the gay community on whether or not that is ok.
Good call here imo

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I can get behind that

I don't believe in outing anyone. Hypocrites included.


I'm in favor of it when they're actively inflicting harm on others, because it would probably make them stop.

The cops taking a knee thing is really stupid

I liked this tweet and thought why not share it here

Interesting strategy by KCPD tonight.  No presence at all at the protest meetup point for the past 7 days.  Not a big crowd but those there are marching the streets peacefully but blocking traffic.  Marching between plaza and westport it sounds like.

Holy hell it worked. Amazing. Cops don't get in their face and it is peaceful and now over. 

Cops make just about every situation worse. (unless they completely remove themselves from situations like they did here). good turnaround from pepper spraying that dude for talking

ah, yes.  he tripped and fell.

ah so they suspended both officers involved. because there were TWO.

Heard some juicy rumors about buses of antifa loading up in Dallas and Wichita to head to the Garden City protest yesterday.  Such a high sense of self importance by these Western Kansas folks.

The crazy part is I heard Antifa was being brought into Dallas from New Orleans. 

I wonder if Garden City got the Dallas Antifa chapter or if the New Orleans members just headed up to GC after Dallas was sufficiently looted.
Sounds like this terrorist organization needs to take logistics 101

how soon are people likely to show symptoms and get tested if they were first exposed there? We're 10 days out, he's working with data that is probably 8 days out. Just seems a bit suspect, hope it's accurate

I don't doubt the spread was low there if one potentially infectious person was there. I think the folks there were relatively young so they also probably won't go to the hospital or get tested or admit they were there if they were infected and had mild symptoms

Maybe outdoors really is much much lower risk (no super spreading even without masks). :thumbs:

I'm guessing we'll know that answer here pretty shortly.
Football is on then. No questions asked.

there's a lot of tight indoors spaces at football games and a lot of yelling

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