Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wouldyoubelieve that's a Barn?


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  1. Alan, it's very surprising that California hasn't mandated solar panels for decades. Glad to see they're finally getting around to it.

    While trying to read the L.A. times editorial on solar panels, I discovered that unlike Fire Fox, Sea Monkey does not include a reader view, that presents a clean version of the page with built-in text controls and screen reader. So, I had to struggle like in the bad old days. In the morning I'll find out where to send suggestions to the developers and indicate that including such a reader view feature would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. 1) If that's a barn, it's a doozy! But it would make sense of that lowest set of windows.
    2) Careful, Cat--some people don't get along well with fish (or krill) oil. I don't recall what the problem is, but Miyoko was one of those who couldn't bear it.
    3) Will have to check out Sea Monkey.
    4) Re required solar--the cost has come down to the point that it is practical only rather recently. Now for the rest of the country to start doing it too. Oh--and there is a problem; the whole electrical system has to be upgraded to handle the big fluctuations in electrical production.

    Alan

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    1. Thanks very much for the warning, Alan. Perhaps I'll limit my investigations to flax seed oil.

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    2. Vermont has gone solar in a big way. We've had solar for nearly two years, by buying into an array that is not on our land (it's on a friend's land, though). The solar is linked to our electric company and we get a little statement from Green Mountain Power each month telling us how much our 4% of the array has made for us that month, minus the amount we used, and how much we have in credit. It's usually enough to carry us straight through Winter, too!

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  3. This requires some reading, re-reading and reflection. In addition to enabling state and municipal sanctuary policies, it would seem to OK auto emissions regulations that are stricter than those of the federal government: The Supreme Court Says Congress Can't Make States Dance to Its Tune [Click] A ruling that invoked the “anti-commandeering principle” to legalize sports betting in states holds implications for “sanctuary city” laws, too.


    The Real Dispute Driving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict [Click] I think there is also something to be said for Bernard Lewis' proposition that the political ascendance of the Sephardim (who epitomize Judeo-Moslem culture, in contrast to the Ashkenazim, who epitomize Judeo-Christian culture) has meant that neither side wants peace--instead both desire victory.

    --Alan

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    1. Yes, until both (all) sides want peace more than victory, nothing much will be accomplished. Moreover, I'm less concerned with sincere people of faith, and more concerned with people of political agenda.

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  4. Admin Blocked Publication Of Water Contamination Report Over Fear Of PR ‘Nightmare’[Click]

    Yep, That $500 M from China to Trump Project Looks Like a Pretty Big Deal[Click] “…just days before President Trump tweeted that he was intent on saving that sanctions-busting Chinese telecommunications company, China had agreed to loan $500 million to a major Trump-backed development in Indonesia.” I am reminded of the story about George Bernard Shaw propositioning a society matron. He asked her if she would sin with him for some very large sum--say ten thousand pounds. After some hesitation, she said "Well, yes..." whereupon he asked if she would sin with him for ten pounds. She responded "What sort of woman do you take me for?" Said Shaw, "That, madam, has already been established. We are now attempting to arrive at a price."

    —Alan

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  5. Thinking of the barn photo at the top of the thread; there is something else odd about it--the lawn. I have never seen a working barn surrounded by a well-kept lawn. Alfalfa or corn, yes. Maybe it is no longer in use as a barn. Can you give us a link to information about it, listener?

    Alan

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    1. Come to think of it, that would make a pretty good gatekeeper's cottage.

      alan

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    2. Sure, Alan. This is the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms. No ordinary farm, it was created by the Webb Family, who also gave us the Shelburne Museum and Trinity Episcopal Church. And I do mean GAVE. The red sandstone church has Tiffany windows and Tiffany woodwork, mosaics, and intricate stenciling. It was situated such that the sun rises behind the altar and sets at precisely the center of the nave each year at the Spring Equinox. It is a jewel and a gem! The family was extremely wealthy and very forward thinking. Such a combination!

      "The Farm Barn is the hub of Shelburne Farms’ education programs and nonprofit administration. It’s main section is five stories high; its courtyard is nearly 2 acres. It was designed by architect Robert H. Robertson, and constructed between 1886 and 1890 to house offices, workshops, farm machinery, stables, and crop storage rooms. In 1972, the new nonprofit began using the building. Then from 1990-1993, the barn underwent a $3-million renovation to become an education center.

      "What’s in the Farm Barn Today?
      The Farms’ administrative offices
      The McClure Center for School Programs
      The Children’s Farmyard
      The Farm’s cheesemaking facility and mail order operations.
      O-Bread Bakery, an independent organic bakery
      Beeken/Parsons, an independent furniture maker
      The Renaissance School, an independent elementary school."

      THEY ARE ALL NON-PROFITS!

      Farm Barn
      https://shelburnefarms.org/node/40

      Shelburne Farms
      https://shelburnefarms.org

      Shelburne Museum
      https://shelburnemuseum.org

      Trinity Episcopal Church
      http://trinityshelburne.org

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    3. Be sure to go to Google Images to see more photos of these places!!

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  6. This morning a thoroughly vengeful and retributive thought found its way into my mind. I am not ashamed to admit that rather than banishing it, I gave it full rein, and found it quite satisfying.

    When the current occupant of the White House takes up permanent residence at Leavenworth, he could once again have his own reality TV show, "The Prisoner," or at least a twenty-four hour live stream, kind'a like the panda cam at the zoo. That way, insomniacs, irate American citizens or whoever could tune in to watch him being shouted at by guards, working in the prison laundry or stamping license plates, or being denied fourth helpings in the cafeteria. It would be well worth the initial up-front expense. There might even be a premium, subscription version with some sort of perqs with revenues going towards mental health care for his guards and fellow prisoners.

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    1. Hmmmm. Well, yes! Very creative and up to date. Fits right into modern-day culture. All in all, a fine idea, Cat.

      Alan

      Re the fish oil capsules, I'm not saying a person will have an intolerance to them, but some people do. I could look it up, but am too lazy to do so at the moment. Add one thing at a time.

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  7. Just saw this comment on a discussion thread on Bernie's Facebook page:

    Jacques Stern If you tally the total of votes that did not go to Trump, to include democratic, libertarian and non party, Trump voters were outnumbered by about 7 million. If you tally only HRC voters, Trump voters were outnumbered by somewhere between 2 and 3 million. . So one could say that the electoral college as good as stole the election for Trump. That is not an outcome I could EVER respect.

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    1. God bless the person who wrote that bit to Jacques Stern!! May we quote them? (Got a name?)

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