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...or THIS guy: http://www.myfoxmaine.com/story/25108419/man-does-c-section-on-dead-porcupine-saves-baby

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Jared Buzzell, of Lisbon, says he was searching for wild mushrooms Thursday when he saw a porcupine get hit by a car in Minot. Buzzell says he'd heard that a valuable mineral deposit used in Chinese medicine formed in the stomachs of porcupines.

He then cut open the dead porcupine to search for the mineral and instead found the baby.

He tells WMTW-TV (bit.ly/1hlWRUl) he cut the umbilical cord and thought the baby porcupine was dead until he started massaging it and it began breathing.


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..."Bukowski", you need to fucking deliver the goods.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0peOOYRwx24

So, yeah.

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamdavis/charming-small-new-england-towns-you-absolutely-need-to-v

#12. Where to eat.

My summer just went from "full-tilt" to "flat-out insane".

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Discordian Recipes / Tuna Carpaccio
« on: March 05, 2014, 04:18:11 am »
Don't bother if you're one of those wussies that won't eat raw fish. Go back to Applebees.

This is good for cocktail parties and other small gatherings, so this recipe should make tapas/hors d'ouevres for 6 or a fairly substantial appetizer for 4.

12 oz. fresh tuna, yellowfin or better. Loins are preferable to steaks as they are easier to trim down into the uniform 1/4 inch die that you are going to achieve with a VERY sharp knife.

Dressing:

put the ingredients in a large bowl in the order that follows

2 oz. EVOO
pinch kosher or sea salt
pinch black pepper
pinch ground coriander
1/2 oz. fresh tarragon, finely minced
1/2 oz. fresh basil, fine chiffonade
1 small green onion or one stalk large green onion, finely minced
mix ingredients together well, add
1 oz. cane vinegar
large pinch brown sugar or heaping tablespoon honey, your choice
1 oz. Huy Fong brand Chili Garlic sauce.

mix together well, toss tuna thoroughly in mixture until well coated. Allow to sit at room temperature (good sashimi is properly served at room temperature and if you have decent fish you'll have nothing to worry about especially after you've tossed the fish in what is essentially a vinaigrette) for 10-12 minutes and use that time to butter both sides of 6 large or 12 small rounds of french bread and pan-fry in a skillet until lightly browned and slightly crispy on both sides. If you did 6 large rounds, cut them in half with a sharp knife. Take the tuna out of the bowl you tossed it in and put it in your fanciest small serving bowl. The idea is to keep as much of the fresh herbs in there as possible but let the excess oil and liquid drain off so the tuna is lightly coated but not saturated. Put the bowl in the middle of a serving platter and arrange the warm bread rounds around it in a circle, if you wanna make it look all pretty. Maybe even garnish it with some shaved reggiano or grana padano or something like that, or some gremolata.

If serving as tapas, arrange 1 oz. Tuna on each piece of pan-grilled bread with appropriate garnish.

For those on a low-carb or gluten-free diet, instead of the bread rounds you can substitute either some good tomatoes, halved and lightly broiled or, if you want to keep it entirely raw as well you can use thick-cut large slices of cucumber, sliced on the bias to give a larger surface area. The rest of the recipe is gluten free.

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For really real, with an actual salary that doesn't totally insult me and everything!

There's a catch! Of course there's a catch!

It's my old job! In Maine! Rural eastern Maine! And it doesn't come with insurance! But it's a 50% raise over what I make now so I can probably afford to pay the penalty and go to the Dominican if I actually need medical care! But with the cost of living factored in it's probably only a 25% raise! ECHGF hates the idea of moving to Maine! But she'd get prime bartending shifts in the summer and be able to work part-time and go to school the rest of the year even though she hates the cold! I love the idea of being back in charge of a kitchen where I can actually cook awesome food the way I want to cook it! But I also still hate being cold!

I am completely torn, PD!

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http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/vast-majority-of-seattle-voters-support-15-minimum-wage/Content?oid=18870987

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If minimum-wage opponents weren't already shitting bricks, they're in for an awfully uncomfortable bowel movement: A new poll finds a stunning 68 percent of Seattle voters support a straight-up hike in the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. No exemptions, no phase-ins, no strings attached.

The news for opponents only gets worse the further you delve into the details: 35 percent of voters "strongly support" the proposal, compared to only 14 percent who "strongly oppose," while support holds fast throughout the city and in every demographic subgroup except Republicans.

And in case opponents were hoping to console themselves with the thought that this is just some shoddy pro-labor propaganda (the poll was funded by a coalition that includes Working Washington, UFCW 21, Nick Hanauer, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the Teamsters, and the MLK County Labor Council), well, no luck there. The survey of 805 likely Seattle voters—an unusually large and robust sample—was conducted January 14 through January 22 by the reputable polling firm EMC Research, with a margin of error of ± 3.5 percentage points.

I hope it passes, and I hope it forces similar legislation either at the county level for Snohomish/King/Pierce counties or at least on a city-by-city basis among the larger cities in the Puget Sound region.

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Discordian Recipes / Molecular gastronomy at home: FIZZY GRAPES!
« on: February 07, 2014, 09:21:01 pm »
You can actually do this with almost any fruit, though generally firmer fruits work better. But unless you have an unusually wide-mouthed bottle most fruits are going to have to be cut for this trick so none of them come out quite as cool as grapes, nature's little self-contained spherical glob of potential molecular gastronomy.

You will need:

Grapes. Seedless work best.

Wide-mouth nalgene bottle or wide-mouth stainless steel bottle. For safety's sake, I will advise you not to use glass for this one.

Dry ice. A piece about 1" square is enough for a standard-sized nalgene water bottle full of grapes. Since these must be consumed fairly quickly after opening the jar, if you want to make several single servings instead of a large batch you'll want to find something about the size and shape of baby food jars only, again, not made of glass. And adjust the size of the dry ice chunks down accordingly. Use too much and you'll overpressurize and cause a mess in your fridge.

Step 1: Put grapes into whatever container you are going to use.

Step 2: Put dry ice into container.

Step 3: Seal tightly and set aside for a day or two.

Step 4: Gently burp the bottle before fully opening. Eat within 15 minutes of opening.

If you decide to make a fizzy fruit salad, apples and pears also work really well for this. Things like strawberries and bananas, not so much.

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I'm not entirely sure specifically how I feel about it yet but I find it incredibly intriguing.

http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/crowdsourcing-the-future/Content?oid=11668474

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Techmology and Scientism / Cool new bike tech
« on: January 31, 2014, 11:00:39 pm »
So, I've never outgrown riding bikes. I'm not a bike geek by any means, I just like to ride my cheapshit hybrid cruiser when and where I can and dream of a day when I own a bike that can largely replace a car for commuting. But, y'know, hills and miles and things. So I get wicked stoked about cool shit like this:

http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/this-ground-breaking-invention-just-may-be-about-to-revolutionise-commuter-cycling-forever/

and this:

http://autos.yahoo.com/news/caterham-electric-bicycle-cool-many-ways-142457073.html

So if anybody else here is into that sort of shit, this is the place to talk about it or post links to cool new bike things.

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Aneristic Illusions / Driving while high in WA
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:42:59 am »
http://q13fox.com/2013/12/09/driving-while-high/

Interesting piece about whether or not the new law has led to more stoned drivers being stopped on the road and what the cops do to determine whether or not someone is intoxicated on the weed.

I found the last part especially interesting, where it gives one cop's very reasonable perspective on the whole matter:

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“You may smoke marijuana every day and your tolerance level and what you can function at may be above 5 nanograms,” Hicks said. “If I get you and I run you through everything that we normally do and I don`t see the impairment, then it`s irrelevant to me how much THC is in your blood. You could have 20 nanograms. I have no legal reason to arrest you.’"

If this is the officially sanctioned attitude it would seem to go a long way towards easing the concerns of medical user who will almost certainly be over 5ng and not be anything even close to stoned.

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Aneristic Illusions / The WHIGs are coming! The WHIGs are coming!
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:25:40 pm »
http://news.yahoo.com/philadelphia-voters-elect-whig-public-office-225242600--politics.html

I don't know why, exactly, but this tickles me. Maybe it's the idea of a somewhat sensible-sounding party platform being advertised under the banner of an extinct party with "God" in its name in the year 2013. :lol:

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