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Maine farmer last won the day on May 8 2020

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  1. One town over there is a farm with their own slaughterhouse , butcher shop and store. The cull cows go there, and we get our meat there,so... When I was a child, I remember when a cow broke a leg, my father shot it, hung it upside down with the loader on the tractor, cut it's throat to drain the blood, then loaded it into the back of the farm truck and brought it to the processor in the next town over, then a few days later went back and picked up the boxed beef that we kept in the chest freezer. It would last our family of 8 for about a year. Today cows have to walk into the slaughter h
  2. Did anybody see the problems with meat processing plants? Lots of bare shelves in stores, from what I've been told. The Tyson chicken processing plant in Portland, Maine just had 20 new cases yesterday. Those meat cutters work elbow to elbow, so if one person is a carrier, it spreads fast. I am glad to have a local supply for meat and dairy. Very local.
  3. It looks promising, and if I could find a solar company willing to work with us, I would be willing to give it a go. I have heard of some places grazing sheep on grasses below solar panels, but I have yet to hear of anyone grazing cattle. Although my body is starting to feel it's age, and the cows can hit pretty hard even when they don't try, so the time is nearing when I will have to shift into other fields of agricultural production.
  4. The trick would be in choosing specifically which oil companies are best likely to survive. It's sort of like solar energy. We keep getting offers from solar companies to lease farmland for solar panels, and of course, they want the most productive land, and they make a lot of promises af easy money, but with so many companies out there, which ones will go bankrupt or just get bought out? We don't trust any of them, and we don't want to see productive farmland not used as farmland.
  5. As far as I am concerned, everyone who has served in the military ought to at least have their healthcare paid for the rest of their lives.
  6. The economy was going to be harmed anyway. Covid-19 is much more contagious than flu. The outbreak of covid-19 at the Smithfield meatpacking plant, for example, has infected 600 workers and forced the plant to shut down. That never happened with flu. Perhaps if we had not spent the last century focusing on efficiency and vertical integration of all of our industries our economy would not have proven so vulnerable. Smaller meat packers spread out across the country would both employ more workers,and make our food systems more resilient.
  7. There was an assumption in this quote about preparing and screening people coming in from China, which proved to be a fatal error. We were not screening everyone who had traveled to China, except to take their temperature.. Congress was briefed about how potentially damaging covid-19 was looking on January 29, and I find it hard to believe that Trump had not received the same information as Congress, and several Congress members took it so seriously that they began to dump stock before the stock market crashed. The worst of these offenders , in my opinion was Richard Burr, who publicly d
  8. As far as death rate as a percentage of cases, I suspect that the death rate is lower. What I never understood was Trump's unwillingness to test aggressively early on. I have little doubt, when you consider how many people show little or no symptoms, that covid - 19 is likely much more widespread, and the death rate lower. I can't speak about New York City, but where my wife works, they test everyone with symptoms for the flu first, and then only test for covid - 19 if the patient does not have the flu, and they need to be admitted to the hospital.
  9. My wife is a medical assistant, working in a medical office connected to a hospital. A couple of weeks ago they had 4 patients admitted to the small hospital in isolation who were from a nursing home. They were sick, but not sick enough to need to be admitted except they had to be quarantined and the nursing home wouldn't take them back. I do know someone who had all of the symptoms of covid 19, but they would not test him because of a shortage of testing materials. They were saving the tests for those who were sick enough that they needed hospital care. They sent him home with the inst
  10. Isn't everyone? The worship of material wealth is a form of idolatry, and many Christian traditions are rooted in pagan rituals. :xmas_tree:
  11. Augmentation of humanity may be in the future if everything doesn't collapse before it can happen. As for the use of the concept of "perfect", that is a very subjective concept.
  12. But please, don't . City people always bring their troubles with them and the countryside vanishes. First they complain about the dusty and muddy roads and demand pavement, then they complain about the noises and odors from the farms and the farm machinery on the roads. Then they want sidewalks and bigger, fancier schools, and it goes on and on. City people are not cut out for country living!
  13. One thing I have noticed is there is a reduction of deaths due to traffic accidents. We had become used to seeing an ambulance go by the farm two or three times per day, but since the social distancing started, I have only seen an ambulance go by once in the last three weeks! It was my understanding that the goal of shutting things down was simply to keep the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. We will still see the same total number of infected, but they would be spread out over time, easing the strain on the system. I have been hearing doctors complain about the system for ye
  14. That doesn't seem a very convincing argument. Wouldn't the goal be to have people go along without knowing what they were going along with?
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