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Personals / Re: Cross Country
« on: May 04, 2017, 04:42:17 am »
See if you can rent a pickup with a winch in the back. I've seen guys load whole moose into the backs of their pickups by tying the neck to a winch and winding the animal up an incline into the back of the truck. Once off-site, you could even skin, gut, and quarter the animal in the back of the truck. Just a thought.

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Personals / Re: Cross Country
« on: May 04, 2017, 01:46:39 am »
You don't necessarily need to be able to lift an animal to butcher it, although it does make it easier. Once the cattle is dead on the ground, roll it on its side or on its back and skin it so its hide is spread out, hair-side down, on the ground like a big tarp. You can even tie it down by driving spikes into the ground and tying them to the edges of the hide. Then butcher the carcass as it lies on the hide. As long as the meat and organs don't touch dirt, you're good.

You need a few people to roll the carcass around at first. It gets a lot lighter once you remove the organs, which I'd do first, perhaps even before you start skinning it.

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Off Topic / Re: Barefoot running review and Vibram 5 Fingers shoes
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:13:29 pm »
Thanks for mentioning the Hana. That shoe looks very intriguing! I looked at the Sockwas too, but the neoprene uppers didn't appeal to me. Do your feet sweat in them?

Also, I just sent you a FB friend request. No problem if you don't want to accept it though.

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Off Topic / Re: Barefoot running review and Vibram 5 Fingers shoes
« on: April 25, 2017, 04:56:17 am »
Hiking legitimately barefoot is fun too. I summited Mount Mansfield here in Vermont a few years ago barefoot. People looked at me as if I were crazy. My feet were exhausted after the trek was done, but I got through it without any cuts or other injuries. I often hunt barefoot in the fall, even in colder weather as it gives me better ground feel. When walking around town I do prefer something on my feet though, to avoid bits of broken glass and so I can walk into shops that prohibit entry without shoes of some sort.

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Off Topic / Re: Barefoot running review and Vibram 5 Fingers shoes
« on: April 25, 2017, 03:19:53 am »
I tried 5 Fingers years ago. I thought they were terrible. I have no idea why they took off the way they did. Mine fit fine, but they got terribly stinky and because of their style of construction they are very hard to clean. Their soles also wore out much faster than I would have expected for a shoe that cost upwards of $100 US. Finally, when walking in grass or leaves I had to constantly stop to clean bits of veg out from between the toes. It was bothersome. Vibram 5 Fingers = bad idea, bad investment.

I recently acquired a pair of Skinners, which I find to be far superior to Vibram 5 Fingers in every respect. You can read a review of them here, and the link in the previous sentence takes you to their website. They are not yet available at major retailers, but will be soon. You can purchase a pair by visiting their Indiegogo fundraising page, and pledging support. They cost $40+shipping, and it will take a few weeks to get your order because demand is far outstripping supply right now.

If folks want, I can write up a review of my pair.

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General Discussion / Re: Disappeared members and mods...
« on: April 24, 2017, 06:51:20 am »
...lost trolls, misanthropes, along with all genuine seekers should be welcome here to engage in a free for all dialectic...

I guess that's one arena where you and I differ, Derek. I've had my fill of the lost trolls and misanthropes. Genuine seekers are great to interact with though.

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Journals / Re: Lex's Journal
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:54:56 am »
...Just that it's important not to view diet as a perpetual work-in-progress rather than to turn it into a dogmatic ideology...

I realize there's a typo in this sentence. It should read: "Just that it's important to view diet as a perpetual work-in-progress rather than to turn it into a dogmatic ideology." Too bad we can't go back and edit old posts.

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General Discussion / Re: Disappeared members and mods...
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:06:27 am »
Perhaps it's possible to archive the current version of this site so people can search it and read its posts? That would let us start over with a new version without losing the old content.

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General Discussion / Re: Disappeared members and mods...
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:23:03 am »
As regards deleting topics, it would have to be all or nothing. Making purely arbitrary, obviously-biased decisions as to which forums to delete would be against the 1st amendment. Of course, if all the forums got deleted and then renewed, there would be a genuine refreshing/new blood, without any obvious inbuilt biases being kept.

I'm not clear why you're worried about the 1st Amendment. This is an international forum that isn't bound by US Constitutional Law.

Regarding deleting all forums and starting fresh, as I think about it more I have to admit that idea is growing on me. Especially if we change the topic areas. Maybe have sections for specific types of foods (fruit, vegetables, meat, etc.), sections on various health problems (heart disease, cancer, autoimmunity, etc.), a section for people's personal stories and/or testimonials, and another for food preparation tips. Get rid of the 'off topic' and 'hot topics' sections to cut down on posts that might reflect poorly on folks who post here. We could make some of the sections public and others private, making it clear that to see everything you need to sign up with a valid email address. Then we could do birthday emails, reach out when folks haven't posted in a while, and other such things.

On payment, there are benefits and drawbacks. If this were a thriving forum that members clearly valued, charging a nominal fee could raise enough revenue to offset the costs of the hosting service, and perhaps provide moderators with a stipend. This forum is far from thriving. Indeed it's just about dead. If you instituted a fee now I suspect you'd get a handful of people who paid the fee, and post frequency would decline accordingly.

I'm part of a Meetup group that, two years ago, had over 500 members. The group's owner instituted an annual fee of $5 so he didn't have to pay the cost of the group (about $150 per year) out of pocket. Membership quickly fell to about 25 people, and has hovered there ever since.

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General Discussion / Re: Disappeared members and mods...
« on: April 23, 2017, 11:29:49 pm »
We could rejuvenate the RPF board by wiping out all(or most) previous posts and starting all over...

I don't think I'd want to do this for the entire forum, but I can definitely see value in wiping some areas clean and consolidating others. I don't see much value in giving different diets their own sections anymore. The people who promoted most of those diets are either dead now, or at the very least they're not remotely as popular as they once were. There's certainly no reason to list people as moderators here who rarely visit. They can't exactly fulfill their duties if they don't spend time here.

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General Discussion / Re: Disappeared membres and mods...
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:15:55 pm »
I know there's at least one raw paleo FB group. I was a member at one point and might still be (would have to check). If I'm still on it, there are few posts there. Much of what I remember seeing was largely pro-AV, and the administrator was very abrasive.

I'd be open to starting a new FB group, if folks thought it would be a worthwhile endeavor. I rarely come here anymore. Most of the new posts are either political ranting, which I'm not interested in, or random news stories. And Edwin's claims of trees on mars.

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Off Topic / Re: The Truth About Vaccines
« on: April 20, 2017, 12:53:15 am »
Just finished episode 7. A great series! I bought the series on DVD and via digital download. I look forward to watching it again and sharing it with others. Nice to see someone willing to invest the time to do a well researched, intelligently crafted documentary on an unnecessarily controversial topic.

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Off Topic / Re: The Truth About Vaccines
« on: April 15, 2017, 07:41:37 pm »
Almost finished watching Episode 3. This is an amazing series. I think I will buy the series so I can watch it again and share it with others.

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Off Topic / Re: The Truth About Vaccines
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:02:16 pm »
I'm watching this series too. It's very well done. I recommend it!

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Off Topic / Re: Foraging
« on: March 15, 2017, 05:06:42 am »
I'm gearing up for the start of the foraging season here in the US North East too. Really looking forward to some fresh bitter wild greens.

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Off Topic / Re: The end of the world as we know it
« on: March 15, 2017, 01:42:32 am »
And to build on what I just said, the details of the world are constantly changing so, to a degree, every day is the end of the world as we knew it. That's all symantics, though.

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Off Topic / Re: The end of the world as we know it
« on: March 15, 2017, 01:40:35 am »
Without watching all of the linked videos, my main complaint of Guy McPherson is that he cherry picks the worst of the worst articles to create his dystopian worldview. While the future does indeed look bleak for some people in some places, I don't see it as being bleak for everyone everywhere.

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Great article! I've long been fascinated by the idea that human civilization is much older than mainstream scientists believe.

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General Discussion / Re: Garden Tips
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:10:43 am »
High Mowing Organic Seeds is also a great source. They have a lot of different varieties. I might be biased though; I know the owner and a few of the employees.

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Just finished watching the episode. The best pro-raw food episode I've ever seen.

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Someone mentioned something about Russia in an earlier post, so I thought it was the Russian episode. Anyway, here's a link to the No Cooking Required episode. It's recent enough that those of us in the US have to pay to watch it on YouTube. It's only $1.99 though.

Bizarre Foods: No Cooking Required

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This is a fascinating conversation. Makes me very grateful to live in Vermont, USA, where high quality food is fairly accessible.

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Hamster cannibalism aside, here's another link to the same vid which is accessible by those of us in the USA.
Bizarre Foods: St. Petersburg Russia

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Nobody tells the animals what to eat, or how much to eat or at what time of day to eat and yet they have developed an instinctive ability to not poison themselves and maintain their health so long as the environment is capable of supporting their basic needs.....though it should be obvious that the malnourished Indian children who Overdosed on raw unripe fruit, were far from the instinctive ideal. Likely lentil and rice gruel consumers who where near starvation and never developed an instinctive stop mechanism.

Sometimes this is true, but not always. Take, for instance, the plant belladonna. It's very toxic, but tastes sweet and has coevolved to use birds as a seed dispersal agent. The birds eat the sweet berries, which kill them after a short period. The birds fall dead, and the seeds sprout from amidst their decomposing bodies and use the fertile soil around the carcass to nourish themselves. The plant specifically uses birds' instinct to propagate itself, killing the birds in the process.

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General Discussion / Re: Confused about High meat.
« on: January 22, 2017, 10:33:10 pm »
I'm not aware of any research that has studied high meat and can name the bacteria present or articulate the nutrition added, but my personal experience of using it versus other forms of fermented meats leads me to believe that high meat is a superior medicinal food, while fermented meats, while at times tasty, aren't really medicinal. High meat is completely different from the salted meats discussed in the article you referenced. The lactic acid fermentation process preserves some of the nutrition in the meat while the salt partially dries it, but I don't think the bacterial assemblage really adds much of value. The bacteria that work on meat in the high meat production process add something to it.

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