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Recipes / Re: Pickled Radishes
« Last post by NorCalChuck on June 06, 2018, 09:01:59 AM »
When you start your mail order catalog and have a jar available let me know.
I would like to pre-order one jar for testing.
Recipes / Re: Pickled Radishes
« Last post by oldranger53 on June 05, 2018, 05:15:59 PM »

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What was that idiot thinking!!! / Re: What's the Point of it All?
« Last post by oldranger53 on June 05, 2018, 05:12:22 PM »
You all are making valid and logical points (no pun intended). 

"I think. Therefore I am." Comes to mind.

There is no Utopia for humans, not this time around.
Perhaps a catastrophic elimination of most of the life on earth will be necessary. You know, wipe the slate clean and start over kind of thing. Maybe just maybe....nah, it would be just as bad after a hard boot I'm sure.

They can't accept that humans are imperfect beings.

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Recipes / Pickled Radishes
« Last post by M1911A1 on June 05, 2018, 04:21:31 PM »
Our down-the-block neighbor has turned her property into a small farm. She has several children, and therefore lots of free labor. (Her husband is one of our better automobile mechanics.)

This is radish season, and the small farm is knee-deep in ready-to-eat radishes. They're giving them away by the pound, and we've so far received two big batches. I turned the last batch into pickles. Although they're not "done" yet, the pickling liquid tastes good, so I know that the finished product will be very good indeed.

• Slice the radishes thin, into maybe 1/8”-thick slices. • Thinly slice some onion, too, and layer into a jar with the radishes. • Mix together 1/2 cup vinegar (white or cider), 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. mustard seeds, 1 bay leaf, and 1/4 cup water.* • Bring vinegar mixture to a boil, and then pour it all into the jar of radish slices. • Cover the jar tightly and refrigerate for at least four hours. The finished pickle is good for at least four months. *You could also add 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper and 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper to the liquid, before boiling it. But I didn’t.
Thanks Gary!
What was that idiot thinking!!! / Re: What's the Point of it All?
« Last post by M1911A1 on June 05, 2018, 11:55:42 AM »
 ;D    ;D    ;D
What was that idiot thinking!!! / Re: What's the Point of it All?
« Last post by NorCalChuck on June 05, 2018, 11:07:54 AM »
Hey Maybe . . . . Just Maybe you have hit on it Steve!
We need to remove vehicles from civilization.
If you had to walk everywhere maybe by the time you got there you would be to tired to club someone to death.
But then someone would want to remove clubs from existence.
But they would have to walk over to your cave and remove you club.

Hey this is fun . . . . .
What was that idiot thinking!!! / Re: What's the Point of it All?
« Last post by M1911A1 on June 04, 2018, 01:54:37 PM »
...And, speaking of irrationality, how effective could it be, to decree that kitchen knives must have rounded tips? How difficult could it be, to grind a rounded tip into a sharp point? What, then, would such a decree accomplish?

And what about professional knives, as, for instance, used by butchers? Butchers need sharp points to help them fillet and otherwise de-bone meat. Is it the assumption of the regulators that no butcher would ever commit violence with his knife? Or is the decree to cause butchers' knives to also have rounded tips?

If the regulators eliminate guns and require blunt knives, do they truly believe that those who intend violence would somehow be stymied? It seems so, doesn't it? But then, what is to be done about fertilizer-and-diesel-fuel bombs, as was used by Timothy McVey? Civilization needs both diesel fuel and fertilizer, so they can't be removed from the marketplace.

And what about trucks and cars? Both of them have been used in recent mass murders.

Silly, isn't it?
What was that idiot thinking!!! / Re: What's the Point of it All?
« Last post by M1911A1 on June 04, 2018, 12:20:39 PM »
I disagree.
Instead, I believe it to be a form of wishful thinking.
I believe that the wishful thinking is based in the certain knowledge that our civilization has no widely-acceptable answer to the problem of violence.
As a civilization, we are unable to accept the reality that there are violent people among us, and therefore are incapable of seeking out a workable, meaningful solution to the problem.

So instead, we attack the tools used by the violent people among us, hoping (irrationally) that somehow the removal of the tools will forestall the violence.
It doesn't work, of course, but we still remain unwilling to acknowledge the real causes of the violence around us. So we continue to ban more and more of the tools of the violent, in the (still irrational) hope that doing so will have a useful effect.
What was that idiot thinking!!! / Re: What's the Point of it All?
« Last post by Taurian on June 04, 2018, 10:21:44 AM »
I believe that it is something way deeper than global warming that is affecting critical thinking on a global basis. What it is, ain't exactly clear.

I do believe that we have, somehow, entered an era of artificial intelligence. AI, in this sense, has nothing to do with robots or things of that nature.  We may have reached a point that humans think themselves so intelligent that they have, in fact, reverted to dismal stupidity. Cognitive thinking is no longer employed but is, instead, replaced by a small spark of knowledge that is carried by the owner with the believe that, because of that one spark, lends them to be all-wise and all-knowing. "... A foolish man opens mouth and removes all doubt." - Confucius saying.
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