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Doomsteading / Re: Chicken & Egg Issues for Doomers
« Last post by Farmer McGregor on Today at 09:27:12 AM »
As far as doomers and chickens go think of chickens as another  form of energy storage.  Instead of running a generator to run a fridge to store the eggs and chicken meat you are storing them "on the hoof".  The cost of storage is incredibly low; chicken feed. We will usually be 3 months ahead on our feed purchases so it's like food prepping.  Feed stores a long time and converts to fresh eggs.  Chickens even offset their holding costs in several ways.  First they produce eggs of course then they produce incredibly dense fertilizer.  Those are obvious of course but we have almost zero food waste.  People think of pigs when they think of feeding waste to animals but chickens work just as well. Here are some good examples. Leftover Oatmeal,  rice, pasta,  crusts, veggy peelings, even some meat will all be consumed reducing your feed bill and you food waste problem .  Sure we compost as well but efficient practices should have you looking for every opportunity to find those 2 for 1 solutions to offset your costs and accomplish more for the same effort. SHTF my freezer should be full.  I would store them in the pen and pick off my worst producers one at a time. All the while feeding the rest easy to store grains and preserving their hard to store chicken meat.
Best regards, David Baillie
You've nailed it down well, David.
Some thoughts.  Grain is not the native diet of chickens, other than the seeds that they would encounter in a natural setting.  We use grains for all the reasons you mention: they're cheap to produce, easy to store and transport, fairly nutrient dense -- they get the job done -- except that they lack some essential meat-based amino acids that chickens need in order to stay productive and healthy.  Look on your commercial layer ration ingredient list and you'll see 'dl-Methionine'.  This is one of those, and the 'dl' part indicates that it is synthetic, made from petro IIRC.  dl-methionine is the ONLY synthetic substance that has been allowed in organic production from the very beginning because it is so essential, and there are no commercially viable options for organic dl-m.

Chickens prefer animal foods; bugs, worms, carrion, etc. -- they will pick the bones clean on a carcass*, even another chicken's!  Throw them a steak or chicken bone (it's okay to feed chicken scraps to chickens, they gladly eat each other when necessary, so it's natural -- unlike feeding cow parts to cows) and see if they don't fight over it, then peck it thoroughly to retrieve every last scrap leaving it looking sandblasted.  Toss them your trapped mice (they particularly love the babies), though sometimes they have to explore that until they learn it, like most new foods.  Meat scraps are the best food you can give them.  Pet food is better chicken feed than chicken feed precisely because it's meat-based (at least the better ones are) but it's pretty expensive for that purpose.  Feed sick chickens good quality pet food; it helps them recover.

We even cycle unwanted animal fat (kitchen grease) by putting layer mash on it and warming it in the oven so that the grease soaks into the grain.  The girls love it.  This speaks to one of the best points you make: chickens are a great tool in the cycling of nutrients on the ole' prepstead.  Even the spent carcasses, feathers and offal compost down well and are nitrogen rich (you gotta do this right to prevent certain problems).

*Another discussion available here about the value of simmering chicken feet along with bones to make broth.
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Economics / Re: BotWave
« Last post by JRM on Today at 09:20:19 AM »
I was near the end of the video when I interrupted it, and myself, to write what I wrote in my last post here.  I was on the edge of my seat! Is this guy going to actually address the topic?

No.  He did not.  Not in the very least!   It's a shame.  Rather embarrassing for him, really.  Still, everyone cheered.
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Geopolitics / Authority Costumes: Expressing Uniformity
« Last post by RE on Today at 09:18:45 AM »
To have the gall and disrespect to compare a Jesuit Priest with the Lewd Bankster filth you have presented is a testament to your monumental ignorance.

They're exactly the same thing, people who wear a specific costume in order to amplify their authority.  In the case of Banksters it is Authority over Money, in Police it is Authority over the Law, in the case of Generals it's Authority over War, in the case of Priests it's Authority over Religion.

RE

Another important aspect of all these costumes is that it expresses a uniformity of thought, and bowing to some Greater Authority over your belief system.

In the case of Banksters, they accept the Doctrine of the London School of Economics and Capitalism.

In the case of Military Generals, they accept the Doctrine of the Military-Industrial Complex

In the case of Police, they accept the Laws written by the Pols in the pocket of the aforementioned people, and then enforce those laws.

In the case of Jesuit Priests, they accept the doctrine of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the diktats of the Vicar of Christ on Earth, His Holiness the Pope.

They wear UNIFORMS because it is a symbol of uniformity of thought.  With many people wearing such uniforms cruising around, it adds to their authority and encourages people to accept that authority.

As GO mentioned, I have my Indiana Jones Cloth I wear.  I am a Man of the Indiana Jones Cloth.  But you do not see many people dressed this way, so it doesn't lend a lot of authority to me.  For it to be an Authority Costume, many people would need to dress in this uniform.

Up here, we have many Ruskies who are Russian Orthodox, who dress in a style that is far removed from normal dress in Western Culture.


It symbolizes their belief system and encourages everyone in their community to join the belief system.  Same as the Muslims with the Burkhas.  Same as the Amish.

Dress methodology is a very powerful psychological weapon to encourage uniformity of thought.  Uniforms of various kinds all use this weapon to homogenize a population.

RE
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Marathon Man Newz / Re: The Potfolio
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 09:17:15 AM »
There's about to be a pot stock ETF. The index it's based on includes a lot of higher priced biotechs and a lot of companies who provide what I'd call adjunctive services, like suppliers, bottlers, fertilizer companies etc. Those types of stocks are not the ones going crazy at the moment.



Cannabis ETF Emerging AgroSphere Could Be First
February 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Breaking news by Alan Brochstein, CFA
 ETF Managers Group Logo

ETF Managers Group, based in Summit, New Jersey, has filed an initial registration statement for what could be the first cannabis exchange-traded fund (ETF), the Emerging AgroSphere ETF. The proposed fund will be focused on medical cannabis and will not invest in any companies that are focused on serving the non-medical marijuana market in the United States, Canada or any other country unless and until such time as the production and sale of non-medical marijuana becomes legal in the United States, Canada or such other country, respectively.

The fund will replicate an index created by BE Asset Management to “track the performance of the exchange-listed common stock (or corresponding American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) or Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”)) of companies across the globe that (i) engage in lawful medical research intended to lead to the production of government approved prescription drugs which utilize natural or synthetic versions of the cannabidiol CBD and other cannabis based extracts, (ii) are involved in the production or sale of products which are legal derivatives of industrial hemp, or (iii) are involved in the supply chain of either category of company.”

The current sixty-nine constituents include: 22nd Century Group, Abattis Bioceuticals, Abbott Laboratories, Abbvie, Aero Grow Intl, Affinor Growers, Agritek Holdings, American Cannabis Company, Americann, Aphria, Arrow Electronics, Aurora Cannabis, Axim Biotechnologies, Beleave, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals, Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Science, Cannabix Technologies, Cannagrow Holdings, Canopy Growth, Cara Therapeutics, Cree, CV Sciences, Easton Pharmaceuticals, Eco Science Solutions, Emblem, Emerald Health Therapeutics, General Cannabis, Golden Leaf Holdings, Green Cures & Botanical Distribution, Greengro Technologies, Growblox Sciences, GW Pharmaceuticals, Heliospectra, Hemp Inc, ICC International Cannabis, Inmed Pharmaceuticals, Insys Therapeutics, Kaya Holdings, Kush Bottles, Maple Leaf Green World, Marapharm Ventures, Marijuana Company Of America, Massroots, mCig, Medical Marijuana Inc, Medicine Man Technologies, Mentor Capital, Naturally Splendid Enterprises, New Colombia Resources, Novus Acquisition & Development, Nutritional High, Organigram, OWC Pharmaceutical, Pharmacan Capital, Pharmacyte Biotech, Rocky Mountain High Brands, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Signal Bay, Supreme Pharmaceuticals, Surna, Terra Tech, Tetra Bio-Pharma, THC Biomed, Trailblazer Resources, United Cannabis Corp, Veritas Pharma, Vodis Pharmaceuticals and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals.

Here is the performance of the index over the past year:



WEED Index 021617

New Cannabis Ventures will provide an update in the future regarding the status of the fund and an assessment of the underlying index and the cost structure. Until then, let us know what you think of the idea in our LinkedIn group, Cannabis Investors & Entrepreneurs.

Before this cannabis stock news is here, it's published to subscribers on 420 Investor.
Breaking news by Alan Brochstein, CFA

ab-byline-ncvBased in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online communities 420 Investor, the first and still largest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Before shifting his focus to the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent research analyst following over two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 at Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV.
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Economics / Re: BotWave
« Last post by JRM on Today at 09:15:11 AM »
This guy has studied the matter in depth, and says that, yes, technology is coming for our jobs, but "we'll be freed up to do other things". 

I stopped the video right there to type these words.  I can't wait to hear how he explains the social and political transition in which there are masses of unemployed people who are in some sense "free to do other things".  Hmmm....

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WMF-Z74C1QE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/WMF-Z74C1QE</a>
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Golden Oxen Newz / Re: Gold & Silver News
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 08:57:59 AM »
The yuan looks fine against the peso.

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Economics / BotWave
« Last post by JRM on Today at 08:43:06 AM »
BotWave isn't a science fiction future.  It's happening now.

BotWave is my word for all things automated and automation -- or machines that reduce human labor inputs in production (etc.) processes at an ever accelerating rate.  Automation is rapidly accelerating in such a way that last year's automation technologies may already be obsolete. What's more, learning machines are learning how to make machines which learn better, quicker -- which in turn are designing machines which are designed to eliminate high end labor jobs.

Human labor is rapidly becoming obsolete.  At least in lots of areas of the economy it is.  And if this isn't a serious issue for economics -- and thus politics --, then I don't know what is.  Some things will always be done better by humans than by machines. But that list is shrinking -- at least so far as "market forces" go.

A wave of bots is taking over.  A virtual tsunami of machines.



[Some of the things the narrator says in the following film are things I can't agree with.  But some of the information is, well, informative.]



<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/7Pq-S557XQU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/7Pq-S557XQU</a>

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Doomsteading / Re: Chicken & Egg Issues for Doomers
« Last post by RE on Today at 08:29:43 AM »
until you're feeding them without buying commercial feed, you are no more sustainable than anyone who shops for food for themselves to eat instead of shopping for food for the animals to eat.

The day BAU ends, everyone with food animals alive and kicking will be a hell of a lot more sustainable than just about anybody else.

I wouldn't deny that proposition, but until you demonstrate that you can keep them fed on your property without buying feed, it's just like you telling me to build my Rube Goldberg Gravity Energy Storage system to prove that concept.  With the significant difference of course that you actually HAVE land upon which to demonstrate the concept and enough money to do it too!

So PROVE it. :P

RE
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Doomsteading / Re: Chicken & Egg Issues for Doomers
« Last post by Eddie on Today at 08:23:47 AM »
until you're feeding them without buying commercial feed, you are no more sustainable than anyone who shops for food for themselves to eat instead of shopping for food for the animals to eat.

The day BAU ends, everyone with food animals alive and kicking will be a hell of a lot more sustainable than just about anybody else. That's why I have animals, even though they are losing me money at the moment. At that point, I'll have more time to put into growing animal food.
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Geopolitics / Re: Authority Costumes
« Last post by RE on Today at 08:10:07 AM »
To have the gall and disrespect to compare a Jesuit Priest with the Lewd Bankster filth you have presented is a testament to your monumental ignorance.

They're exactly the same thing, people who wear a specific costume in order to amplify their authority.  In the case of Banksters it is Authority over Money, in Police it is Authority over the Law, in the case of Generals it's Authority over War, in the case of Priests it's Authority over Religion.

RE
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