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Comment: My Sugar Homily (Score 1) 244 244

I can tell you how to kill your sweet tooth quick. at least it works for me. first thing in the morning eat about 1/2 or less of a pickle. You can even run it under the water a bit to get rid of some of the taste if its too strong. eat it slowly and suck the vinegar out. It seems like first thing in the morning your taste buds need to be calibrated and this makes your palate more sour than sweet. I've noticed quite a bit Asian and eastern European diets are rather sour and seems to keep them slim. I've also noticed when I used to drink beer, I had little interest in sweets. now I don't drink beer anymore, not much alcohol either. I can make and excellent milk shake out of some whole milk, frozen banana, and some vanilla flavoring. a regular milkshake would be so sweet it wouldn't be enjoyable. I'm avoiding all processed foods that have added sugar. I make my own bbq sauce - ketchup from tomato paste and pineapple. I make my own salad dressing, starting with blended chickpeas (hummus), then adding horseradish, or mustard, or buffalo wing sauce (the one I like has no sugar in it, thank goodness). I've been watching a lot of BBC history shows and I can tell from portraits that people started to gain weight around the tudor times, basically HenryVIII. Apparently that's when sugar got popular. Some people blackened their teeth on purpose to make it look like they could afford to eat sugar regularly. it was a status symbol.

Comment: Solution = Raid 1 (Score 1) 297 297

I have two synology 211's I got off of Ebay for 100$ ea. I have 5x 3TB WD Red drives. There are two in each configured as Raid 1. One station has misc stuff on it, (classic public drive), the other had critical stuff on it. The fifth is the transit drive. when one fails, the fifth one replaces the failed one and failed one is in transit (as we speak) to be replaced under warranty. I've bought the drives new from Best Buy, on sale for 99-105$, with 3 yr warranty, The nice thing about synology is there are lights on the front that show disk status and it beeps when one fails so I immediately know. Also, I have quite a few old drives that I can put in Sata swap racks in one of my pc to make periodic backups. Some of those drive are off site. The past spring I put the system together, had 1 drive fail recently and had no loss of data, just a short period of downtime. Just saying what I finally did. Its a big relief knowing my precious data is safe from the most typical failures.

Comment: Big Fauna = Doomed (Score 1) 163 163

Personally I think big fauna is doomed anyway. Rino, Elephant, Tiger all take up too much space. Over the next 100-200 years Africa will be turned into a giant palm oil, soy, corn field, or just open pit mines and industrial waste. All we can do is freeze a few tissue samples for some future generations then stick a fork in it, its done. PS, keep this between us, this is kind of open secret that most people who need to know, already know. Don't tell any young people about this, they need a few years of naïve optimism.

Comment: Re:Mostly because our food is shit. (Score 3, Interesting) 409 409

I couldn't agree more. Its ridiculous how much salt and sugar is in everything. I have started buying cans of diced tomatos and black beans that don't have salt in them, and I put a can of that in everything I eat. I'm to the point now that potato chips, nacho etc taste like the spoonfuls of salt that they are. Also, anything that has sugar or fructose in them get tossed. I make my own bbq sauce from pineapple and tomato paste. I don't buy bread anymore, I make my own out of whole wheat and chick pea flour, although I have started to use whole wheat wraps to make sandwiches for the convenience. I'm also trying som near beers or fermented drinks like Kombucha 'tea', Belgian lambic or Russian Kvass (or maybe even just Odules) to get me more used to sour foods. I've been eating pickles lately and found if I eat just a slice first thing in the morning it kills my appetite for sweets.

Comment: Re: Not donating to private charities is easy (Score 2) 235 235

Your point is completely invalid. the instant mi said this:
'Oh, and they are unconstitutional [] too, but that stopped bothering anybody long ago.'
mi is CLEARLY sarcastically expressing an opinion about all taxes.

That opens the whole libertarian can of worms that makes me laugh in total disgust.

Comment: Re:human overpopulation (Score 1) 146 146

I'm afraid that when push come to shove, more people will always more care about shopping and upgrading their kitchen and driving a nicer car then they care about wild animals. You might be able to convince some people that there is tourist revenue possible from preserving nature, but I don't think it will work in the long run. real estate is just to valuable to let wild animals be wild animals.

Comment: Re:If only... (Score 2) 72 72

I think its more like the modern day hippies are smart enough to know the neo-conservatives will use troops like cannon fodder for whatever military misadventure they can come up with. if a republican wins the presidency in 2016, I'm sure it will be a matter of days until we are invading Iran.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 172 172

I thought of that counter argument just as posted, I should have stuck to what the OP said, its a sport, not a hobby. Its also not a race to the bottom, anything goes, just make it cheaper and faster type of economic venture, if it was it would morph into something completely unrecognizable and not fun anymore. you don't have to cap the word 'NONE', I can read .

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