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  1. atmarama   There may be a push in certain areas regarding the idea that red meat is better for iron assimilation. More research is needed to fight things like this. The Keto diet often seems to require meat and even red meat, but good authorities on health are saying that the Keto diet can be vegetarian.
    July 3 2022 Like
  2. MilwaukeeProf   Three cheers for Catalina Crunch cereal! I do avoid the chocolate flavors because they don't use fairly-traded chocolate even though they know better.
    July 4 2022 Like
  3. atmarama   There are vegan certified products including mouthwash.
    July 13 2022 Like
  4. atmarama   Could red meat be putting the "devil" in people's minds?
    June 26 2022 Like
  5. MilwaukeeProf   I believe that it is already there if they eat the dead bodies of other animals.
    June 28 2022 Like
  6. atmarama   Scientists are finding out strange things about nature. There is now much clear evidence that water by itself seems to respond as though alive. It is said that these things were noticed about water at least a hundred years ago. More recently they were studying the possible scientific proof of homeopathy. They found water retaining some kind of memory. In relation to animals being tortured, could there be some kind of inauspicious aura with meat products? Are most people just not tuning in well enough to recognize this aura of inauspiciousness? Could this aura thing be as real as water memory?
    June 28 2022 Like
  7. MilwaukeeProf   Yes. There was a movie with Marlee Matlin that I saw about twenty years ago which included something about images of water and their reacting to the environment or something like that. Details are foggy at this point, but I did Google the name: "What the Bleep Do We Know?" YouTube clip:
    July 2 2022 Like
  8. MilwaukeeProf   Problems with the migratory birds are on my mind today and I wonder if the rest of you have noticed these troubling peculiarities, too. Typically, the orioles come home to Wisconsin the end of May and arrive in a large flock. This year they came back a month early and there were only two couples. Now they are gone despite my all you can eat buffet of Crofter's grape jelly and orange halves. I usually raise my shades on Mother's Day weekend to see a flock of about 20 rose breasted grosbeaks at my feeders. This year I had one pair only. They, too, are gone now. The robins and starlings nested early this year, also about a month ahead of normal. What have the rest of you observed? This seems to confirm that we are in the midst of an environmental catastrophe.
    May 21 2022 Like
  9. VegInNotOut   I have just recently left Madison, WI but did not see the Orioles -- and yet, folks I know up in the WI North country have many that started early May. I did see a few ROGR but that is typically all I saw in the past couple of years. I saw the robins 2 months early (!) and plenty of them -- I don't know how they fared as they were in too early for a worm diet and too late for a fruit diet. In the past few years, the numbers of birds I have seen definitely declined but I don't know what to attribute that too. There are so many people using cides (herbicides, pesticides, etc) and in the last few years, there were sudden freezes in late April in the entire corridor from way down south up through Canada and a lot of birds were lost -- too many environmental catastrophes to choose from!
    May 21 2022 Like
  10. MilwaukeeProf   Yes, it is sad and concerning. Thanks for sharing that. Friendly FYI: robins adore raisins. The raisins are a fruity fast food and good to sustain adults while also filling up little yellow beaks that need to be fed every half hour. I should invest in Sun Maid! (store brands tend to be all dried out and stuck together, not good for feeding to someone with a tiny mouth)
    May 22 2022 Like
  11. MilwaukeeProf   OK, it is now Sunday afternoon, 5-22. Abut half an hour ago, while I was in the middle of something else, I saw a male oriole checking things out. Fingers crossed that he brought the rest of the flock with him.
    May 22 2022 Like
  12. VegInNotOut   I gave the robins scores of meal worms -- no babies at that early stage of their return as they were likely focused on sustaining themselves in that cold clime. Glad to hear that you had an Oriole sighting! You might also find this tracking of them helpful:
    May 22 2022 Like
  13. MilwaukeeProf   Fascinating! Thanks for sharing that link.
    May 23 2022 Like
  14. atmarama   Silent Spring? Presumably toxins in the water, soil, air, and in their food. Join the movement for cruelty free all organic small farm homesteading.
    May 28 2022 Like
  15. Tveg   I don't even know how many years since I've seen a Baltimore oriole. They are a distant memory. I saw two Blue Jays a few weeks ago! It has been a number of years since I've seen any of them. I know they are bullies, but I still miss seeing them. When I was a kid, there was one who would come to the back steps railing every day during breakfast, and squawk until my mom would give him a special treat.
    June 5 2022 Like
  16. atmarama   Urban and Suburban environments are probably not the best thing for the survival of birds. Cats are also said to be sometimes guilty of driving certain birds to extinction. Suburban homes with more "yard" space may be able to develop sanctuaries for birds. Larger farms with hundreds of acres dedicated to a cash crop may fail to facilitate birds and may also threaten birds with toxins.
    June 11 2022 Like
  17. atmarama   They say that Starlings do the murmuration thing.
    June 26 2022 Like
  18. VegInNotOut   The jays and crows are in the same family - corvidae; they are all exceptionally smart, magnificent-looking creatures... and bullies. Birds invented the pecking order, so I just assume it is the nature of almost all of them. :)
    June 30 2022 Like
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