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Comment: Re:Another paleo-wanker... (Score 1) 439

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48659675) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
If you look around it should be possible to find a farmer doing similar things, you may want to go down to a meat processor and ask as they may be able to tell you. I get whole live chickens from a gal that I went to highschool with who raises them and has become kind of a hippy who wants to raise animals in the most humane and natural way possible and does fairly well with her organic free range chickens and eggs business. She lives about 2 miles from my house so when I feel like roasting, frying, or making beer butt chicken I go and pick one up on the way home from work. So if you are in an outer ring suburb there may be some local farmers you could just talk to, they often have signs at the end of their driveway.

I eat wild game as well and get the deer processed at the same butcher that does the cattle since while I could do it my self it would be a real hatchet job and I also don't have a flash freezer. At a $1/lb processed weight for steaks chops and roasts, $0.25/lb grinding fee for the trimmings, and $20 bone and hide disposal fee it is worth it to get it professionally done as I get all the best cuts instead of what ever I would end up creating. It is actually funny how when we have friends or relatives over for dinner and they see me cooking and wonder why the meat looks so strange but then are amazed at how it tastes, even if I just made a cheap roast like a chuck or round. I refuse to buy meat at the regular grocery store because none of it looks good to me anymore so as far as they are concerned I am a vegetarian who buys only components of food and occasional some chips.

Comment: Re:perhaps a better title (Score 2) 439

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48659455) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

all meats in america are processed to some level

Yes but only if you mean butchered by a professional, wrapped in butcher paper, and flash frozen. Granted this isn't common and you are correct that most meat is packed in carbon monoxide and/or treated with ammonia as well as being pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones all while being fed a crap diet. It is however possible to get good meat that hasn't had all of that done to it but you won't find in a regular grocery store. Go to a small meat processor in a small town that sells to the public and you would be amazed at what you can get when compared to the crap at the grocery store.

Comment: Re:Another paleo-wanker... (Score 1) 439

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48659353) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
I get farmed meat but it isn't from the typical farmer and you won't find meat like it in a grocery store. I find the regular store bought stuff just lacks taste but has wonderful marbling but that is about it. After going back to getting meat from a family friend several years ago it is just night and day the difference. There is flavor in the ground beef so you don't need to add a bunch of seasoning so it tastes good and has a course grind and hasn't been treated with ammonia because the processor can keep their shit clean to prevent e-coli. The beef is also a wonderful dark reddish purple color and when you unwrap it once thawed has a wonderful aroma instead of being bright pink and lacking any smell like the store bought meat. Also it is a lot cheaper then store bought meat with this year's purchase cost about $4.28 per lb after paying the processor and farmer and that includes everything from ground beef to prime rib and tenderloin.

The farmer I get beef from maintains a small herd of 12 to 14 head on 35 acres of alfalfa and the cattle just roam around living the good life for 2 years. They don't need antibiotics because they aren't knee deep in their own filth and the farmer isn't trying to increase their growth rate so also doesn't use growth hormones. Add in that he grinds about $100 worth of minerals into the silage a week to ensure that the cattle are getting everything they need and they really are healthy cattle. In the 30 or so years of raising cattle the farmer I go to has only lost 2, one was back in 1996 during the really bad cold spell when it got down below -40 and the other one was a calf about 5 years ago that wolves got.

Comment: Re:Cannons? (Score 1) 276

you know the ones that have a difficult time cutting paper... i certainly felt safer without them

Reminds me of a sign I once saw at one of the area surplus stores for one of those camping survival tools, except these were really cheaply made ones that looked like they were sand cast. The sign read:

Warning extremely dangerous!!!
Not because it is sharp
Because it is cheap crap

Comment: Re:I don't even... (Score 2) 323

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48653155) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline
I commend you as you managed to make it to the end, I sure as hell didn't. Also as you point out not everything can be a teachable moment but when it works out that way it does wonders.

I still remember when I was young and for some reason I got it in my head it would be a good idea to pull the dog's tail when it was eating. Why the fuck I thought this was a good idea is beyond me at this point. The dog turned barked loudly and snapped at me and I went and ran to my dad and complained that the dog tried to bite me. My dad's response was "Well don't pull the dog's tail when she is eating".

Then there was my oldest child who I had been telling for a while to not step on his toys for several weeks who never listened to me. Then one day I told him not to step on his toys just as he was about to step on a metal toy noodle grabber but he instead got the idea that he was going to show me. He lifts his foot way up and stomped down, right on to it and howled like crazy. I told him afterwards that I really don't care if he stepped on his toys since he will eventually destroy them or hurt himself.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 2) 340

Don't knock it it creates more little middle managers who will fight to keep their meager power and title.

There was one project I worked on where there were people who's job was to go over each morning and pick up a pile of paper that had been printed out from one computer system and then go and type it into another computer system. There was enough push back from shitty little middle managers who realized that the project would end their little fiefdoms that the project got canceled. If your job can be replaced by some wire and a router you really should have been retraining for a new job years ago.

Comment: Interesting turnabout. Pot instead of fireworks (Score 1) 482

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48633583) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
I find this somewhat interesting given that people in Colorado go to Nebraska to get good fireworks, when ever I am heading out there to visit friends and relatives in CO there is always a request to pick them up some fireworks from either South Dakota or Nebraska on my way in. What is most amusing is that in both Nebraska and South Dakota any out of stater can purchase fireworks but residents are required to have a special permit that costs extra, so at least COis more open in that they don't restrict their own citizens like NE does with fireworks.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 586

Considering that I have never had to deal with threats to my life from another person but have with the wild critters it seems unlikely that I would be more threatened by people than the critters. With wild critters something as simple as a warning shot will usually send them off in most cases where as if it comes to needing a firearm with a person the first shot had better be center of mass instead of the waring shot because you just escalated the situation at that point. For example the cougar went running back from whence it came when I shot the ground near by but the wolves were a bit different as the one that I could see ran off but I could hear the rest of the pack just off the road most of the way back to camp as they were stalking me. Add in that if you have a mother bear and cubs and if you get between them it doesn't usually end well for you.

In general there are more problem people but that seems to be more of a function population size since there are probably more people in the US than there are wolves, cougars, and black bears combined. Also given that I don't live in a shit hole crime ridden city with drug and gang problems I probably have a better chance of winning the lottery than being the victim of gun violence.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 586

Sadly there are a lot of people who carry firearms because they believe that they need protection from some remote threat in civilized society and probably think they will be a John Wayne style hero. There are also individuals like myself who while having a permit to carry only does so only in remote areas where there is a real danger from wild animals. Since I can't have a loaded firearm if I am walking down a dirt road out there unless I have a permit to carry I decided to get one as I have had run-ins on the road. Over the years I have been 4 feet from a black bear, been stalked by wolves, have seen a mother bear and cubs at a distance of about 50 meters, saw a cougar at about 150 meters and just this year had a cougar walk right up to the tree my deer stand while I was in it.

"I've seen it. It's rubbish." -- Marvin the Paranoid Android