Thursday, September 19, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
This is an automatic high-volume cow milking machine. The cows load themselves, automatic milking machines are attached to the udders, and the wheel rotates to load the next cow. By the time one revolution has occurred, the cow is milked, the machine is detached, and the cow leaves happy to have its load taken off.
A single farm can milk 32,000 cows, providing milk to 8 million people. Milk cows live for about 7 years before falling out of milk production to become hamburger and hot dogs (hot dogs are often made from cow udders).
These are veal calfs, which are slaughtered at 4-6 months of age, and are almost always male, as the industry is a by-product of the dairy industry which has no need for 99.9 percent of all male cows produced.
As I was taking these pictures, I realized that in a few months these photos may be the only evidence these animals ever existed -- such is the ephemeral nature of all life on the planet. Later today I will roam field and forest where animals have lived and died for scores of thousands of years, and there will be no evidence at all of their previous existence. What lasts? Not much.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The "Secret" to Successful Weight Loss?
It turns out that smaller dinners and no snacks after dinner is a critical component of successful weight loss.
State Department Abusing Dogs
The US State Department continues to send anti-terrorism dogs to Jordan where they are abused, neglected, and die.
A Narwhal - Beluga Hybrid?
It turns out narwhals and beluga whales can interbreed and occasionally produce offspring.
Birth Control That Works and Works
A contraceptive computer chip that can be controlled by remote control has been developed in Massachusetts with the backing of Bill Gates. The chip is implanted under a woman's skin, and releases a small dose of the hormone levonorgestrel, every day for 16 years. It can be stopped at any time by using a wireless remote control, and is in pre-clinical trials.
Don't put wasps in your vagina.
Sea urchins are called “sea urchins” because hedgehogs were called “urchins” until about the 15th century. Therefore, sea urchins are ocean hedgehogs.
Is Schomburgk's deer (Rucervus schomburgki) extincy. It was added to the extinction list in 1938, but apparently it was alive in Laos as late as 1991.
A Freaky Truth
Your skeleton is always floating at least 5 millimeters above the ground.
Altering Human Genes
Doctors altered a person's genes with CRISPR for the first time in the U.S. in order to cure sickle cell anemia.
Watching the now-dead Merle Haggard on TV as part of Ken Burn's paean to country music reminds me that Loretta Lyn is 87, Willie Nelson is 86, Charley Pride is 85, George Jones is 81, and Mavis Staples is 80. Bob Dylan is 78 years old and Chet Atkins, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Carole King and Brian Wilson are 77. Mick Jagger is 76 and Keith Richards, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Jimmy Page, Roger Waters, and Ray Davies are 75. Debbie Harry, Eric Clapton, and Rod Stewart are 74, and Neil Young and Dolly Parton are 73, as is Van Morrison.
It's a very short bicycle ride from my house to the place I had coffee and breakfast, and then it's down water-lily filled Carroll Creek (pictured) to the County Fair where a midway of rides is surrounded by heart-clogging food stalls that, in turn, are surrounded by pigs, sheep, goats, cows, chickens, horses, and a plethora of baked and sewn goods, collections, and display crops.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Have you ever noticed that the folks who have been fighting dogs for 20 years or more are focused on breeding lines, while the folks who just got their first Pit Bull are quite sure it's all in how you raise them?
Richard F. Stratton wrote pit bull columns for the UKC’s “Bloodlines” magazine. Thanks to Heather H. for posting the excerpt from this book.