Carborendum

Members
  • Content Count

    484
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    17

Carborendum last won the day on May 29

Carborendum had the most liked content!

About Carborendum

  • Rank
    Senior Member

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Carborendum

    Faked Protests

    Announcement from Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=vNrHsXmSSGg&feature=emb_logo Everyone who was arrested from the protests were from out-of-state. That's right. NONE of the protesters were locals (at least of those who were arrested). These people were being hired to protest. I wonder who that could be behind it. Oh, I really don't know... maybe...
  2. Carborendum

    Mormon Enigma

    If
  3. Carborendum

    Twitter vs The White House

    Here is the EO text. You make a very good point. And I'm not sure if I agree with Trump's action on this. But I do think I see what correct principle he's applying. This is a good point. They can be neutral and maintain their legal protections. OR They can be biased and give up their legal protections. They seem to want it both ways. That doesn't wash. I also see the other side of the argument is the private party wishing to establish standards (which they are the sole judge). One of the most rational arguments I've found was from Forbes. The author compares a social media platform to a restaurant. And the analogy hold up quite well. Certainly, we have no complaint about restaurants having this authority. So, what is it that we're complaining about? The answer is that there is one glaring difference between what is happening with Twitter vs what happens at a restaurant. Expected engagement. In a restaurant, the expectation is that We have mild interaction with both the restaurant staff (who serve our interests as well as others). We also have very limited interaction with other patrons. Given that expectation, we can complain if the neighboring table is being too loud. On social media We can keep our conversations to those in our circle of friends. We can block people or ignore posts. We can open ourselves up to the entire range of posts and truly participate in a public square type debate. If we choose option #3, then we shouldn't be barred from saying anything that wouldn't be considered criminal in a court of law. If we don't want to, we can easily choose option 1, 2, or hidden option 4, ignore social media. Thus far, they have been given immunity because they are supposed to be as neutral as the stones which pave a public square or the grass that adorns our parks. But when they take it upon themselves to effectively police purportedly criminal behavior, this would be akin to policing via their own private security force, not reporting it to the police department. And if they apply those property rights in a non-neutral manner, they can be held liable for things said that they did NOT take action on. But if they're being neutral, then they can have a valid claim on that protection afforded them as a neutral platform. *********************** This could go round and round, on and on. Like I said, there hasn't been enough legal history to thoroughly establish how we should treat this. But there are currently decent arguments both ways. He may have the right to enforce this. Or it may be a matter of complete government over-reach. We won't know until sufficient precedent has been established.
  4. Carborendum

    Twitter vs The White House

    We don't have to imagine any "what if" scenario. We already went through it with H1N1 and Avian Flu under Obama. Fox News did nothing like the histrionics that we're seeing from CNN today. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/obama-declares-h1n1-flu-national-emergency It says nothing about any incompetence on Obama's part. It points out the conditions, the numbers, and the challenges. It in no way disparages Obama's role in it. Although there was plenty of cause.
  5. Carborendum

    Mormon Enigma

    I remember being told other accounts existed. But there was no way to access them without something like the internet, unless you happened to live in the SLC area. They simply weren't readily available. I had a mild curiosity about them. But it never really mattered much to me. I just figured it was like:
  6. Carborendum

    Victory Garden

    Thanks for the compliment. Unfortunately, I can't take as much credit as I'd like to. A lot of it has to do with the soil, the rain, climate, etc. That I can't control much. We are in the 500 year floodplain, so we naturally get lots of mineral deposits all the time. It is very sandy surface layer with a clay lower layer that allows lots of moisture retention and good drainage at the same time. The weather this year has been perfect. Hot days, cool nights. Rain several days in a row, then several sunny days. Sometimes it rained plenty at night and sunny days. PERFECT!!!
  7. Carborendum

    Victory Garden

    So apparently I missed a few big ones. This was one that was just a few feet away from that 3 inch one I posted the other day. It was hidden by weeds. I also found another one that was about the same size but it was in a deeply leaved area. I couldn't get close enough without endangering the plant. Scale: That is an 8x16 block. Here is a slightly smaller one. Perspective makes it appear smaller than it is. It is actually around 4 or 5 inches.
  8. I'll see your 30 degree temperature change in Hermiston with the 30 degree daily temperature change in Houston. Then I'll raise your Brix rating of 10 to 12 with the Bradford range of 12.5 to 13.5 We'll see when I harvest. See the additional photos in the Victory Garden thread in the Prepping sub-forum.
  9. Carborendum

    Societal Fabric

    Thank you. Yes. I mentioned it before in the "slow return to normal" thread.
  10. Carborendum

    Societal Fabric

    That is certainly the way we'd hope that the data would be analyzed. But the problem is that they are all 100% counted as COVID deaths in all the statistics we've been given. FACT: At least SOME of the deaths were PRIMARILY due to COVID. FACT: At least SOME of the deaths were PRIMARILY other causes. FACT: Some of them were a combination of causes that all contributed at a significant level. FACT: We will never know what percentage goes into which of these three categories because it was never recorded. But we can be confident in knowing that the COVID reported statistics we're hearing are very inflated. How much? We don't know and we'll never know. My mother had COVID. Even though she was very old, she recovered rather quickly. She died of a heart attack a couple weeks later. She was counted as a COVID death. Why? Not because the doctor wrote it on the death certificate. Nope, that said "heart attack." But some schmuck gathering statistics on COVID only asked one question: Did she test positive for COVID. Yes. So, he wrote it down. Nevermind that she had it WEEKS PRIOR.
  11. Carborendum

    Societal Fabric

    In other words: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/05/29/us_covid-19_death_toll_is_inflated.html
  12. Carborendum

    Victory Garden

    So, here is my patch today. Compare to the picture at the OP of this thread.
  13. Carborendum

    Victory Garden

    So, the latest growth shows a bunch more female flowers. Some of them have already dropped the floral top and are developing into melons. This one is around 2-1/2 to 3 inches long. Both plants have grown so much It has gone beyond the bed boundaries (10' x 20' for two plants) and the whole bed is pretty densely populated with leaves. So, I found this one and a few others on the sidewalk. By the end of next week, they should be ready for culling. Or I may want to keep them smaller. I don't want to carry a 30 pound melon off the ground. If it is 20 pounds, that will be fine by me. Most larger melons at the store are around the 10 to 20 pound range.
  14. Carborendum

    Societal Fabric

    I have no problem believing that. But is there a scripture that specifically links hypocrisy to "a wicked and adulterous generation"?
  15. Let me tell you the story. I have been growing watermelon for a few years. But I couldn't figure out why my melons were so "tinny." I researched what I could do to increase flavor and sugar in my watermelons. I did that. But it only helped a marginal amount. This last year, the discovery I made was that many of the commercially available varieties that are simply not very sweet. You really have to comb through them to find the sweet varieties. Watermelons are rated like other foods on sweetness using the brix scale. For watermelons, anything at 9 or above is considered sweet. The problem with that is that most people don't consider it sweet until it hits around 10 or 11. So, I went on a search for the sweetest watermelon. The Bradford melon has a cool history (see below). But I found that it advertized a Brix # of 13.5 (average). Some websites say it is 12.5 at the lowest. But anything above 11 is great. So, I thought I'd try it to see if it lives up to the hype. They do a great job of marketing and hyping. And I'm pulling out all the stops. I'm using all the methods that I've learned about watermelons over the past couple of years of research to increase the sugar and flavor in my melons. History from "Sow True Seed" website: The official Bradford Youtube video. Ignore the first 45 seconds. It's just myth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ljFJJ4kcNqU&feature=emb_logo