This man is a hero . Should have a medal or some such
C. Todd Kennedy is one of California’s premier fruit experts, collectors, and growers. As a co-founder of the Arboreum Company, he distributes rare and vintage fruit trees that produce prickly pears and little-known peaches. But his four-decade dedication to fruit has been remarkably important in another respect: preserving and adding to America’s agricultural legacy. In 2010, horticulturist Clay Weeks estimated that half of the national collection of old stone fruit cultivars come from Kennedy. When asked, Kennedy makes only a slight correction. “Half of the named varieties in the national collection come from me,” he says.
Words for Weights and measures are a joy to me
I can still remember
Inches to Feet to yards to chains to poles to furlongs to miles
Grains to ounces to pounds to stones to quarters to hundredweight to tons
Even to old money ,farthings to penny's to shillings to pounds to guineas
Frankly wacky is too jolly a word for what is going on in my garden . It's desperate :-(
Last year we had a drought that lasted until October then we had record wet months and it's still raining . The drought and the cool wet winter has had a devistating effect on the local bee population my garden is quiet, chances of good pollination of fruit zero I have yet to see a honey bee and the big girls -the bumble bees are uncommon too . This is not just me all the local beekeepers have been decimated both organic and conventional .
Seeds I planted a month ago no sign of germination - carrot beetroot Batavia zero nothing . I had to put off planting potatoes as it was like a paddy field where I intended to plant them .
Not good this year
I do this too but I also look at savings for example we eat organic bread . If we buy a loaf it's about 3/4/5 euro and we need five a week that's about say twenty euro a week but it costs me about ten euro to make five loaves . So I look at this as about ten euros work for half an hour :-)
We are poor in money but we eat like kings and queens
Todd said -"So I guess we all agree that discrimination is fine, it's just better if you discriminate against people that it is popular to discriminate against? Much of America would stand and cheer and applaud you if you discriminate against the 1%, but you would be run out of business if you discriminate against, say, transgender people."
Nope thats not what I said :-)
I said it may be wrong to discriminate on the basis of a law abiding group .
Bankers are not popular but I never suggested disciminating against them . After all income tax rules apply to everyone :-) Thats not descrimination to me its plain economic sence .
Maybe thats why the KKK is a secret organisation :-) I'm not even keen on the masons or them funny greek letter organisations if their membership is secret . To quote Marx ( Groucho not Karl ) I would not belong to a club that would have me as a member. To me secrecy hides corruption or other wrong doing . Does "goodness" need to hide ?
The other point is that maybe its ok to refuse service to an organisation outside of the Law , such criminal enterprises are unlikely to avail themselves of the laws protection . Although watching them try could be good fun . Who is going to admit being a triad member :-)
Refusing to serve Trump would not be an issue as its down to his behavior as an indevidual not as a group . Would you ban all Presidents :-)
I am not suggesting that you don't have a right not serve folks who cause trouble , it's when you have a policy of refusing service to a particular group because folks belong to that group. Bit like the old colour bar .Did your night club automatically refuse to let people in based on their ethnic origin ? I hope not :-) If you look on you tube there is a wonderful film from WWII for Afrrican American soldiers about to be stationed in Britain explaining that the UK did not have a colour bar etc it's a hoot I think it's by Giles Meradith . Am on my old phone so cannot link to it.u
Every group has it's trouble makers .even on the left :-)
I think the reason you see a lot of push-back and resistance to rightist or conservative sentiment at universities and colleges, to the point where many speakers aren't allowed by the audience to speak, is due to logical disagreement with stances on issues and agendas being pushed.
If someone is being invited to a school by a segment of that school's population, they will obviously have a body of material documenting their opinions and credentials. Those will likely inform potential audience members about said speaker. It is highly unlikely that anything truely new will be advanced in such a setting, especially with the current political climate. The protesting students are simply exercising their collective right to freedom of speech.
Totally agree . I suggest everyone has a look at the professors views on race and the marxist secret govt that trys to control the world . I think the whole thing was a complete set up .
oh how I wish there was a marxist govt anywhere as outlined in Marxs own books . Its never going to happen as Marx suggested . The world has moved on .
you said "but if I own a business, it is not a public service in a public place. It is a private service in a privately owned business on my personal property that I bought and paid for."
You own a buisness that operates in the public domain because you invite the public in . Your idea to me sounds like I can do anything I want and ignore the law because I own this place .Logically to me then this includes all laws like murder . I think all the laws apply everywhere I dont think cherry picking is allowed other wise what is the point of having laws . If you want to descriminate against customers then vote for changing the laws :-) or moving somewhere where you can refuse to bake such cakes . Uganda maybe :-)
I use de Buyer Its made here in France where cast iron goes for silly prices , American cast iron stuff ( lodge )goes for over 150$ a time new
I'm still on the look out for more cast iron but use my three buyer pans regularly
I don't understand your comment that all our freedoms come at the expense of others freedom . I don't accept that the right to discriminate is a right .my view is that it's a wrong :-)
Yes we all have a different view of stupid that's the joy of this idea as it fits everyone :-) it asks us to accept other folks even if we disagree with them .
As for letting it means not trying to stop folks as in the pronoun stuff for instance. Not that I have any super power to stop them
I think we all make judgement calls all the time , should I have tea or coffee ?for instance .although being English it does have to be tea of course :-) I don't have an issue with that as all these calls are in your head I try not to act on mine :-) that's the trick . I accept other folks as different .
In France it is being suggested that conventional farmers should pay an extra tax because it costs the state money to clean up the water supply and this amounts as a hidden subsidy to big ag . That should be interesting in a discussion of freedom locally .
As for the fine for not putting the "correct" pronoun thats a sledge hammer to brake an egg and seems disproprtanate . I dont know any transgender folks so my opinion on this is vaugue I accept but I suspect most just want a quiet life and dont want to offer any oppertunity for being descriminated against and would rather put Mr if they look like a man etc rather than stand out . But I would be fine with folks putting zub or whatever ; The obvious solution is to let folks choose what they write on the application rather dictate what folks have to put which seems like the opposite of freedom dont you think?
As for gay cakes you have the right to think what you want but if you offer a public service in a public place then you dont have the right to discriminate against other folks doing their lawful buisness . I dont agree that being free to discriminate is really part of freedom . Does your freedom come at the restiction of anothers freedom ? Then I would suggest some thinking required you are not letting others be "stupid ".
Chris I would not say stupid this I would call selfishness that's a different kettle of fish and of course the capitalist system :-) they are free to do this as we are free to vote against them when choosing polititians .
it's called democracy and sometimes it does not go our way , stupid wins :-)
I am a life long socialist and believer in freedom . For me freedom means being comfortable with other folks doing stuff I don't agree with or want to do or even things I think stupid . So I think other folks religion , what they do with other consenting folks in their bedrooms , even if they want to choose their own pronouns is cool with me as long as they don't make it compulsory for me or anyone else . So I defend those who want to wear outfits that go with their religion as long as everyone does not have to wear them , people who want to choose there own pronouns even those who want to be Jedi knights .
So what's your definition of freedom ?
I noticed you quoted Mr Peterson who stated that all govt endeavors are inefficient I admit that this is true however he then tends to unquestionably accept the preposition that the private sector can do any better :-) on only has to examine the financing of health care in the USA as compared to ( insert any other western country of choice ) to see that may not be true . Whilst as a believer in democracy in a similar vein to Churchill - it's the least worst system - I see small govt as being susceptible to more pressure that big govt if only for the fact it cost more to bribe bigger institutions :-)
I think the op made a great post Nationalism is a great evil and has caused the death of millions and will continue to do so alas .
I also think the idea that small gov is the solution quite strange and yet another victory for the confusopoly because most of the ideas that are talked about being solved are not cured by having a small govt or an even smaller govt but are actually made worse by having a small govt .
Take education , if the education system does not work then vote for someone who will reform it not abolish it . Home schooling does not work for everyone .Some People want to know more than their perants :-)
If your medical system does not work then vote for someone who will fix it and not be afraid to take on the vampires of big pharma and health insurance that want to suck your country dry .
If you need more ennviormental protection then dont vote for those who would get rid of it and who are in the pockets of the oil companies .
Your police service does not protect you then the solution is not to get a gun but to vote for reform of the police .
I could go on . The only reason for having small govt is so the rich pay less tax .
Many years ago I read a great play at school called a man for all seasons in this play the son in law of the protaginist says "I would remove all the laws in the kingdom to get at the devil! " the protaginist replys but when that day comes who will protect you from the devil when you get to him if the're no laws? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060665/
Couple of questions
What is teflon tape ? It this plumbers tape as I would call it ?
I have used this technique also called Rind grafting or Crown grafting with great effect with Medlars and to a lesser effect with plums . But not used this tape . What are your views thoughts on using the method outside of tropical climes :-) I am thinking plum root stock and apricots
To be honest I would not have such a fire in such a small tent . The potential for a tent fire or smoke in particular carbon monoxide poisoning are frankly too great for me even to consider it .
I dont think it worth the risk
One of those things that sounds good in therory but practically sucks.
Hydrogen is difficult to handle un like methane more likely to explode ( think WWi zepplins ) and you would need specialised equipment to burn , your local gas cooker wont do. Thats why hyrdrogen fuel cars have not taken off in a big way .
There was a great law case in the UK . On a building site it was raining so the forman told the bricklaying team " Fuck off as its raining " one of the men claimed he had been sacked by this speech . The man lost his case as the judge agreed it was appropriate language for a building site :-) All the other men came back the next day when it was dry .
Er It is my understanding that Domestic rabbits are from wild european rabbits not european hares . I know its possible that wild rabbits here in france will breed with domestic rabbits and have seen it happen . Hares are much much bigger than rabbits who are native to the mediteranian area and were introduced to other parts of europe including the UK and Eire by the romans . Our hares do not dig holes and instread rely on speed to escape preditors I have hares in my park and garden they do not cause much damage as they live in low concentrations and cause us no bother . Rabbits ...they are lunch if I find them on our property they have the potential to eat everything .
How perminant do you want ?
as we are both from the UK we both know the planning situation :-( and we both know the powers of the planning authority :-( I assume we are talking a very remote situation and a very small house .
Have you thought of an earth floor ?