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  1. Comment on What are some of the "tricks of your trade"? in ~talk

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    I've worked in the dirt most of my life, often without gloves so I can do more delicate work. I love showing people this trick: If you get snail slime on your fingers, make mud and wash your hands...

    I've worked in the dirt most of my life, often without gloves so I can do more delicate work. I love showing people this trick: If you get snail slime on your fingers, make mud and wash your hands in it (don't use soap, just the mud). The slug slime will come right off.

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  2. Comment on Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 2 in ~news

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    Please keep posting these. They make me feel so good. Thank you!

    Please keep posting these. They make me feel so good. Thank you!

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  3. Comment on As dairy crisis deepens, American farmers are warned that milk dumping could harm the environment in ~enviro

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    Government cheese was a lifesaver back when we were way below the poverty level. They also had the peanut butter. Combined they helped insure my kids got the fat and protein they needed to grow. I...

    Government cheese was a lifesaver back when we were way below the poverty level. They also had the peanut butter. Combined they helped insure my kids got the fat and protein they needed to grow. I was so incredibly grateful to get them.

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  4. Comment on Food Escapades & Curry Fridays ! Massaman Curry in ~food

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    I want to be in your family! Massaman is my favorite curry, and I've been wanting to make this recipe since it was posted. I've just been too lazy. Thank you for sharing how it went. I've taken...

    I want to be in your family! Massaman is my favorite curry, and I've been wanting to make this recipe since it was posted. I've just been too lazy. Thank you for sharing how it went. I've taken note to reduce the heat since I'm not into super spicy foods.

    It's difficult to pick a culture that has the best food. Thai is certainly ranks high because it has a lot of dishes I like, but I think I'm going to go with American food. Like I really love a lot of different foods that come from here like southern fried chicken and biscuits, Philly cheesesteaks, Texas BBQ, American Chinese, Mexican American, gumbo, red beans and rice, Chicago style pizza. and smoked salmon to name a few.

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  5. Comment on As dairy crisis deepens, American farmers are warned that milk dumping could harm the environment in ~enviro

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    The problem with milk cows is that even if you put their calves on them they still produce more milk than the calf can drink, so they would still need to be milked at least in the short term until...

    The problem with milk cows is that even if you put their calves on them they still produce more milk than the calf can drink, so they would still need to be milked at least in the short term until they could get her milk production down and the calves intake up (Holsteins, the majority of our dairy herd, average about 9 gallons a day).

    The only other "solution" would be to sell the milk to pig farmers, but I doubt our pig farmers are set up to hold and feed milk, and I don't know if it would make economic sense for the pig farmers to even consider it.

    The entire thing is a disaster, and I feel for our dairy farmers. I imagine when the dust settles that this industry as well as many others, will be gobbled up by larger organizations making it even harder for independents to compete.

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  6. Comment on As dairy crisis deepens, American farmers are warned that milk dumping could harm the environment in ~enviro

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    From this article it looks like the farmers cannot offload their product to the processor which means the farms are left with raw milk which they legally cannot sell or give away for consumption.

    From this article it looks like the farmers cannot offload their product to the processor which means the farms are left with raw milk which they legally cannot sell or give away for consumption.

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  7. Comment on Dolly Parton will read children's books at bedtime on social media in ~books

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    Thank you for this. Even at my age I am super excited! Live Stream in a little over an hour and a half. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT9fv_ELbnE

    Thank you for this. Even at my age I am super excited!
    Live Stream in a little over an hour and a half.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT9fv_ELbnE

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  8. Comment on Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 1 in ~news

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    I didn't know I needed that. Thank you.

    I didn't know I needed that. Thank you.

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  9. Comment on The Prairie Ecologist - Essays, photos, and discussion about prairie ecology, restoration, and management in ~enviro

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    Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for the Nebraska Nature Conservancy. He writes one of my favorite blogs. This week he shared photos of the life going on in the mud. I can see that the...

    Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for the Nebraska Nature Conservancy. He writes one of my favorite blogs. This week he shared photos of the life going on in the mud. I can see that the season is changing, but even spring "feels" like it is on pause like the rest of us as we navigate this new normal. So it was particularly refreshing to have Chris spotlight the life going about its business like nothing is going on. It encouraged me to go out into my own yard and look for the smaller creatures that are emerging and becoming busy. OMG there's a ton of it!

  10. Comment on CropScape - USDA map of commercial crops in ~misc

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    This map shows commercial crops in the United States. What's kinda cool about the map is you can zoom into any area, see what crops are currently being grown, and also go back through time and see...

    This map shows commercial crops in the United States. What's kinda cool about the map is you can zoom into any area, see what crops are currently being grown, and also go back through time and see what crops were grown in the past. So not only can you see change over time in crops, but also in infrastructure if you add layers for roads, and in forest and shrub cover. You can look at farming patterns and how they have (or have not) shifted over time. For my area, I've always known that we were mostly about timber, but I had no idea we were a hot spot for plums at one time (I imagine it was of the prune variety since they grow well here). It's a bit clunky, but I still found it a nice distraction during our isolation.

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  11. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 21 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Our school sent out an email at midnight last night saying we are going all online for the next quarter. They said that as of right now, classes that have a hands-on component will be online for...

    Our school sent out an email at midnight last night saying we are going all online for the next quarter. They said that as of right now, classes that have a hands-on component will be online for the first half and in classroom for the second half as long as social distancing can be put into practice and we don't get further restrictions. I'm scrambling to drop some classes and pick up others.

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  12. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 18 in ~health.coronavirus

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    It always pleases me to someone overcome what appears to be the daunting task of cooking beans and realize how easy and tasty it is. If an Instant Pot is like a pressure cooker, yes it reduces...

    It always pleases me to someone overcome what appears to be the daunting task of cooking beans and realize how easy and tasty it is. If an Instant Pot is like a pressure cooker, yes it reduces time, but it can make the beans softer like what you get in a can. Nothing wrong with that, but if you like a firmer bean play around with the time. On the other hand, I have heard that a firmer bean is gassier than a softer bean :)

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  13. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 18 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I've been contemplating dropping most of the classes I enrolled for next quarter since most of them are "in the field" type of classes, and I am not sure they could be given online in a way that I...

    I've been contemplating dropping most of the classes I enrolled for next quarter since most of them are "in the field" type of classes, and I am not sure they could be given online in a way that I was able to learn as much as I could. Currently my school is saying that though classes will start online, the campus will open April 24th. I'm just not sure if things will be back to normal enough that we are allowed to head back to campus. If I drop the classes, it adds a year to my graduation date.

    Mostly for us we're going to be okay, but it's scary. We've been living off of investments and savings, and well, the investments are sort of fucked at the moment which puts more strain on the savings. Our tenant got laid off due to his place of work closing. We've decided to give them free rent through this, but we're really worried about them since they have a lot of mental health issues.

    And I am really fucking worried about my mom who lives in Florida and has emphysema. And she' really scared too because she just somewhat recently really got her shit together and has been making a good life for herself, and she wants to live the good life after having struggled and suffered for so long. And I want that for her too.

    In good news, I start a new job in a very small nursery on Monday. I'm super excited because the owner is someone who has multiple income streams with the nursery being one, and they live the lifestyle I am interested in. They are willing to share everything with me from financials to day to day operations. We're doing a barter/trade for my labor and that always excites me because I think I am getting a good trade. More importantly it will give me something to do instead of worrying about this damn virus.

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  14. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thank you for the information. I had no idea that there were so many false negatives. Is that just our testing, or is it worldwide?

    Thank you for the information. I had no idea that there were so many false negatives. Is that just our testing, or is it worldwide?

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  15. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is what it has been like for me: I'm in the Puget Sound region (Seattle area). About two and a half weeks before our schools shut down, I got really sick and didn't have energy to go to...

    This is what it has been like for me:

    I'm in the Puget Sound region (Seattle area). About two and a half weeks before our schools shut down, I got really sick and didn't have energy to go to school for a week. By the time I was feeling like I could go to school, my school had sent out an email saying if you're sick stay home, and I sent a tart reply, "As long as the consequences of staying home if sick is solely on the student (time, grades, money), then then you will have sick students in school." A few hours later I got an email from the head of the my department who wanted to work with me to make sure I was able to finish out the quarter. I sent another email to the president of the school letting them know that if teachers had been instructed to work with students they might want to let their students know this. The next day they sent out another email letting students know if they are sick to reach out to their instructors and they will work with them. I like to think my email made a difference. In the end my school kept classes open but urged teachers to do online instruction if they could. All my classes moved online two weeks after I got sick, so I missed basically two weeks of school. One of those classes is a field based class where I had missed four field tests. I went from a 108% in the class to 54% and was stressing the heck out.

    In the mean time, I hadn't been shopping in over a month. I keep a pretty stocked house since we often lose power and we rely on wood heat. So my pantry is generally filled with dry goods since my county does a lot of panic buying every time the power goes out. We also have a chest freezer, but I hadn't been shopping in a while and needed things like OMG toilet paper. I was able to get one of the last 12 packs in the store. Upon check-out we were behind a man who had 3 carts filled with toilet paper, soda pop, and corn dogs. As soon as I saw it I had to turn away and started crying from holding in the laughter.

    On a more serious note, there was a thread in the Seattle subreddit where a student was wondering if they should go home since their school was closing and they needed to leave their dorm. They were worried about bringing corvid home. This prompted me to email my representative, my senators, the newspaper and the governor. Why the fuck are we sending young adults back to their states without testing them first if they desire? We're sort of an epicenter here in the states and it seems morally reprehensible to push thousands of young adults back home without offering them the opportunity to stay put until they are tested if they desire to be tested. I haven't heard anything back but that was Friday.

    My family praised trump's actions this week. I can't even.

    I have a friend going everywhere sick as shit who tells me her naturopath said she is fine. No she had no flu test. Her family believes god is using this to take out sinners. Again, I can't even.

    On a local level, my county here in the Puget Sound hasn't been hit that hard, but many are preparing for it, while others are poo pooing it. My family is hunkered down and know how to shower if we run out of toilet paper.

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  16. Comment on Food Escapades & Curry Fridays ! Pork chop bhooni // masala pork chops in ~food

  17. Comment on Food Escapades & Curry Fridays ! Pork chop bhooni // masala pork chops in ~food

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    That massasaman curry link is amazing! I've been making a goat massasaman curry for years, but have always opted to start with a paste as I've been scared to do it from scratch (and I'm a bit lazy...

    That massasaman curry link is amazing! I've been making a goat massasaman curry for years, but have always opted to start with a paste as I've been scared to do it from scratch (and I'm a bit lazy to boot), but after reading that I think I will give one of those a try. Thank you!

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  18. Comment on What are some great songs from your homeland? in ~talk

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    I think line singing will always touch me profoundly and remind me of and make me long for "home." I'm an atheist now but this singing can still make my soul long for a god. Picture a holler and a...

    I think line singing will always touch me profoundly and remind me of and make me long for "home." I'm an atheist now but this singing can still make my soul long for a god. Picture a holler and a cemetery and the sound of my people singing this: The Day is Past and Gone it resonates through the hills and everyone not at the cemetery is on their porch adding their voice. That was the scene for my great aunt's funeral. We sang most of our songs in church in this style too.

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