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Comment Re:Inefficient because they forgot how to do it. (Score 1) 381

I live in Alabama and all the cattle farms I know of do exactly what you describe in the second list. The cows graze on grass, and in the Winter they eat hay that was grown during the Summer. Maybe when they're sold somebody will feed them grain before they're slaughtered, but I'm not even sure about that. I do know that some of the farmers sell beef directly to the consumer, and it's delicious!

The man I was working with today is one of Alabama's many small ranchers - averages around 50 head. He eats a LOT of beef, and it's all grass-fed beef.

Comment Re:Artificial? (Score 4, Insightful) 163

HFCS is the worst offender, but even simple fructose is bad. It goes straight to the liver. You should keep your intake of the stuff to the barest minimum you can. It's as bad as alcohol for your body, and you don't even get the benefit of a buzz. Just lay off the fructose and your liver will thank you.

Stick to dextrose (glucose) for your sweetener. It's much easier to digest. Just don't go overboard with it.

Comment Re:Oh goody (Score 1) 353

SCOTUS can go jump. For most of this country's history immigration was a state matter. Go read your history and you'll see that states controlled immigration, and the feds stepped in only when requested. It makes sense when you read the word "state" as "country", the way it was meant to be by the Founders.

Comment Re:Just like the onion predicted the 5 bladed razo (Score 1) 216

Five blades on a razor is total hype and a waste of money. You need only one very good blade. Grow up and shave like a real man! Buy a good razor and learn how to use it.

I shave with an old-fashioned double-edge razor. Not an old razor - I bought it a couple of years ago. It's a Merkur 39D Slant. Yeah, it cost about 50 bucks, but it will be around to hand down to my great grandson. I also bought 100 of the best blades made for about 10 bucks.

Add a badger brush and a good quality shaving soap like Proraso or Haslinger, and you're set for a long, long time of baby butt smooth shaves.

Comment Re:Can't trust the Democratic leadership ... (Score 3, Insightful) 425

You almost got that right. Reagan (and later, Bush the elder) agreed to tax increases followed by budget cuts. The taxes went up, but the budget cuts never materialized. Besides, what Washington calls budget "cuts" are not really cuts at all. They're just reductions in the rate of increased spending.

We've lived beyond our means for too long and we're just now beginning to see the results. Hint: It ain't good and it's going to get worse.

Comment Re:Add genetic sequence for .... (Score 1) 228

Kopi luwak is very over-rated, and ridiculously priced. Give me a wet-hulled coffee from Sumatra any day. It's not the same as "wet-processed" coffee. It's a hundred times better.

Want better coffee than you can get from your local Charbucks? Buy the beans and roast them yourself. Then grind the beans right before you brew your coffee. You'll never look back.

Comment Re:The basics... (Score 4, Informative) 324

Look up "directional boring" and "plowing" and forget that torpedo idea. With directional boring you can have the bore hole come out right where you want it. With plowing there's no need to "look" for the cable (or pipe or whatever) - it's there.

Contractors are required by law to have all underground utilities located before they start. Hitting a water line or gas line can cost them a bunch of time and money. They're a lot more careful nowadays, though sometimes the utility companies miss on their locations.

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