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Taking off the gloves by wisconsin_cur on Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:59 am
If you look at my hands, you can tell that the money I bring home is not earned with my hands. Comapre them to my father's, uncles or grandfathers and there is no doubt who went to college and is privilidged to work in climate controled comfort. Though I keep nearly every spare minute filled with a variety of maintance and expansion projects around the homestead, my hands do not show it; mostly thanks to good gloves.

This weekend I had a lot of work to do and I took off the gloves.

While I love good gloves and will still use them for more dangerous work, I have decided to start building some callouses and scar tissue now. Developing thick skin now reduce by one the number of things that might slow me down when I need to work with these hands in a more consistently rough environment.

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Goodbye Norman by wisconsin_cur on Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:39 am
Norman E. Borlaug was, on many accounts, a great man. Intelligent, innovative, studious and, perhaps most importantly, driven by a noble desire: a desire to reduce human suffering caused by hunger.

When Dr. Borlaug entered his professional life in 1941 physical scarcity was the driving factor of human hunger in the world. Citizens of India, Pakistan, China and many other nations faced the real and abiding risk of famine and starvation with every harvest. Even this is an understatement since many of these citizens, even in the years of a good harvest, remained dependent upon humanitarian imports of foreign grain. Utilizing the then newly developed herbicides and pesticides Dr. Borlaug helped breed improved strains of wheat that turned these perennially hungry nations into reliable food exporters.

In the face of criticism from environmentalists...

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The fragile web by Jack on Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:31 pm
Clearly, the web of supply, demand, and interconnected services is beyond the scope of a single post - or, for that matter, a single thick volume. And yet, sometimes one can glimpse the greater problem by considering a much smaller issue. Let us consider one such example.

On the NBC evening news tonight, the status of the nation's hospitals with regard to H1N1 was discussed. According to the piece, hospitals run a lean operation, with much of the equipment used by intensive care units at 95% of capacity. The discussion pointed out that this could be problematic if large numbers of people contracted H1N1 and needed care.

This tells us something else. Should there be any interruption of the normal flow of goods, the hospitals could face rapid degradation of their ability. If a piece of equipment fails, there are few (or no) reserves to stand in its place. A lean operation also suggests a dearth of spare parts. Thus, any crisis which causes health problems may overwhelm the health...

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Physical Fitness by smallpoxgirl on Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:04 pm
At the beginning of this year I was just about to turn 35, and I was almost 200 pounds overweight. In my mid thirties I'm starting to come to terms with the idea that if I don't start taking care of my body, it may not be around to take care of me. I started a combination of diet and exercise around the beginning of February. So far I've lost 85 pounds, and I'm maintaining a pretty steady rate of just over 3 pounds of weight loss per week. I feel great. I'm not hungry. Life is good. The best part is that, unlike prior attempts I've made at weight loss, this really feels more like a lifestyle change rather than a "diet" per se.

I've become a huge fan of Crossfit. Crossfit began as a local thing in Northern California back in the early 90's. Around 2000 they started a website where they post the workout of the day (WOD) and various videos of how to do the different excercises. Since then it's taken off like wild fire and become a grassroots movement with thousands of...

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Surfing the energy drain by wisconsin_cur on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:20 am
Last month I tapped a co-worker on the shoulder and she spun around and proceeded to chew me out and threaten me. A friend who I generally thought of as fairly leveled headed is starting to talk about the violent overthrow of the government. A rather non-threatening drunk woman in the E.R. is told to comply or she will be mopping up urine with her hair by a health care professional. An overweight, 50+ urbanite with joint problems and addiction prone spouse that has never grown a vegetable in her life and does not know the difference between alternating and direct current sits down to tell me how she and her husband are considering moving to the North Shore of Lake Superior. They want to buy a farm and grow all of their own food in a green house to be heated all winter long with a windmill. We are getting to the point of the economic/energy collapse where people are starting to get funny; and we should only expect it to get worse.

When I was fourteen I took a water rescue course and...

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