Life goes on - Summer 2020

Well said Billy. We are doing well here in the U.S. Koen .

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Old grainery for cleaning seed grain .

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Had a massive rainstorm yesterday. I knew it will be bad even before it happened, l have a army of weather girls!

Notice the shear fear for life they have just before the storm. Hide for their life.

It realy is amazing how accurete they are in weather forecast, l often trust them more thain meteorologists. Takes some time to learn the sighns thugh. And allso one sign is agressive stinging if you get in hove proximity :smile:

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Built this incubator from an old refrigerator. Trying some duck eggs that was given to us.

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I heard the farm has sold seed , in some long ago .

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Al, be sure to let them cool down for 15 min a day on the last week and spray with water in the mean time or you will be dissapointed. Duck and geese eggs are tricky to hatch…

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Finally the Seattle police allowed to clean out the 3 week occupation of 6 blocks and a police substation

What an embarrassing fiasco! Hopefully some socialist city managers can be removed.

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Kristijan, you must have a brain like a sponge. You seem to know something about everything!

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Don, I agree. Mine seems to be made of teflon - nothing sticks :crazy_face:

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Yes MichealG, crazy times, eh? The black woman Mayor; the black woman Chief of Police, and then the black male Fire Captain not able to get the hard head stunters up there in Seattle to see reason. Now the City of Seattle with a joint business and actual residences of that six blocks lawsuit for abandoning their civic responsibilities. They were being protestors harasses merely trying to graffiti clean their building fronts.
Sigh.
Actually worse down here in Portland. Four times I-5, I-84, and I-405 spill-in demonstrators mass marching clogging shutdowns.
And the core group of 200 real troublemakers have actually plywood blocked in one of the north Portland Police precinct buildings with police inside. Windows smashed the predominantly surrounding black owed business. And now have tried to burn down the Police Union building expressing their (this is a TV interview quote), “Right for civil disobedience.” The previous woman Chief of Police, and now promoted black Captain Chief of Police unable to reason with the Keep-Portland-Weird, unreasonable’s.
We do have Federal and States Rights to peaceably assemble. Right to verbally, and written express ourselves.
Civil Disobedience destructions is not a given right anywhere in our constitutions or laws. Only a taken thing. Truly is Rioting. Or Revolution. That did not work out so well for Mr John Brown. Participate with those willing to fling shits and that shits splattering in on you too.

Anyhow. Life is good now with the fourth bantee hen hatching out. Baby chick everywhere for us here now. 17 total. And maybe more to come.
THIS is what is real to us.
Fresh spring garden peas. Early forming garden cauliflower and kohlrabi from all of this cool, wet weather.
Regards
Steve Unruh

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Steve,
You have a unique way of expressing yourself. I like it, though occasionally I have trouble understanding it. Keep it coming.

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Interesting discussion. I am just catching up, been busy with fence work, etc.

I have to disagree with that logic Billy. All the advanced countries of the world have tackled the COVID challenge more or less the same. Reduced movement, increased biosecurity measures, basic public health stuff. Plus fairly generous wage replacement programs to keep people home and not in financial distress. So the US is not an exceptional population / case, at least not due to social or cultural reasons. The mortality rates in the US can be compared to any number of other countries. And the comparision is not good at all. I accept that the for profit medical corporations are incentivized to call cases COVID. It is also true that undiagnosed fatalities at home typically are not counted as COVID deaths on death certificates. That amounted to roughly 180 additional deaths per day in NYC at the height of their disaster not counted as part of the pandemic.

The other significant deviation from the common approach is the stunning neglect of the basic needs of the working poor. No doubt this has unnecessarily compounded a bad situation. In the longer term it seems certain to touch off an almost unbelievable default on mortgages and personal debt. Likely enough to destabilize real estate markets and financial institutions.

Didn’t you guys have a big “tea party” in Boston long ago?..

Something about protesting taxation without representation. How do you imagine those dispossessed people feel about their representatives when they are going bankrupt, while the feds saw fit to pour 14 trillion to fully reimburse the wealthy for their sketchy bets on the stock market? Seems like enough to make people mad, maybe grab a hatchet and bust up some tea chests. And maybe make it known they want the old leaders run off.

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90 degrees, time to start thinking about winter. The wife and I wore ourselves out today splitting firewood for 2022.


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Your wife is tough Bruce!

Don, it just so happenes l did a lot of hatching over the years. Check out yesterdays ducklings! Naturaly hatched.


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The thing with incubators is unless its a expensive machine the hatch percentige will warry between 0% and 50%. Specialy with difficult breeds like water fowl! Plus you have to deal with the chicks then. Natural incubation has a sucsess rate up to 100%. I set 10 eggs under this duck. 2 were eliminated as they were not fertilised. One embrio dyed and one egg went missing, probably rolled out somewhere so counting from fertilised eggs the sucsess rate is 86% but l have had this same duck hatch 16 eggs with 100% sucsess before!

Right now l have allso guinea fowl eggs and quail eggs under hens.

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Nothing beats nature

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Sure. Everyone gets a chance to run off the leaders they don’t like. Every 2-4 years. Getting that right was the point of ruining all the tea.
Nothing incredibly honorable about stealing and destroying some corporations tea back then.
Makes even less sense now to fight perceived systemic racism by burning down the businesses and homes owned by the race of people who are supposedly being discriminated against. Steve u is right. Our people have paid dearly to keep the right of all to peacably protest. Plain English, US constitution. How does anyone not get the"peacably" part.? Big difference between that and what is happening.

Anyway. Looks great on the ducks guys. I love duck eggs.

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Wishing everyone a Great Independence day :grinning:

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Happy 4th everyone! :boom::fireworks::firecracker::us::us::us::us::us::us:

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Ha! Ha! Well one less baby bantee chick now. One of the mothers had her clutch of 5 out alongside of the county road, outside our chain-link yard fence.
I heard a car stop from the porch where i was sitting reading. A couple of girl youths ran out. Then ran back to the car giggling, “They are so cute!” By the time i got up and went to the gate one chick gone by-by to a new home.
Shame was if they’d asked, expressing interest I would have given them two; a male and a female and a can of the medicated chick starter feed.

SteveB i am not so hard to understand if you realized I reject ALL form of binary-set solutions, and zero-sum games.
I want, demand and will create a third option solution. Not decide, not commit until I have a range of choices then.

Keeping this woodgas related.
Imbert style and rocket stove affectations of insisting on Velocity (Turbulence) as the only King-Way is sto-o-pid, short sighted and use limiting.
When obviously much velocity slower, larger big wad of combusting&reducing fuel-mass systems are workable too. The WK’s, the Mukunda’s.
Now just as obvious taking that approach too far into too, cool and slow of usage like the FEMA’s is too extreme. Then the super slow, low turbulence but super high Temperature as the KIng-Way systems are too extreme too with surefire system materials killing.

But to propose and use a “compromise” (BALANCED TTT) system for most fellows is “cheating”, wishy-washy, too non-Ideal.
Shooo. Leave the Ideals, to the never-get-done’s; and the never-be-satisfied Idealists, says I.

“So SteveU., are you a Christian? Or one of them atheists?” (just asking announces a binary set viewpoint.)
Are you going to Heaven? Or Hell?
Ha! I live . . . . Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell.
But watch careful applied results. Net effects.

Binary is for dumb-dumb flip-switch equipment’s/systems.
Base ten works out much better for the capable.
Ha! And the really truly capable can work in inches, feet, yards; pence, shillings, pounds; stones and tonnes . . . and think it is fun.
Remember Fun?
Pre-Covid-19 not channeled restricted fun?
S.U.

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Steve U.,

I am a Christian, since you asked.

I hope you get a chuckle out of this—that is the way it is intended. About your writing style—When I first started reading your posts on DOW, I thought, “Maybe he is a foreign (international) contributor.” Then I saw a video interview with you and realized that you talk like a normal American (if there is such a thing). Anyway, I find all this interesting. Thanks for your valuable contribution to DOW. By the way, I majored in Printing Technology and English in college. That’s why I’m limited to writing in complete sentences.

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