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  • joelmael commented on the blog post Saturday History: The Importance of the Barn

    2014-12-14 11:41:51View | Delete

    I said the trapdoor in my grandmothers farm kitchen was access to the root cellar, but that was wrong. I checked with my older brother who reminded me that the trapdoor opened to a cistern fed by rainwater. The year round ground temperature a few feet down in MN is about 50 degrees so there was a milk can suspended by a rope in that cistern to keep food cold. To open the refrigerator door you opened the trap door, pulled the rope, up came the milk can and there were your groceries. I would have said there were your butter and eggs but your butter was out in a cows udder and your eggs were under a hen.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post Saturday History: The Importance of the Barn

    2014-12-13 16:04:50View | Delete

    The barn you have pictured has a gambrel roof, that’s important both because it offers more space for the hay mow than a straight roof and in cold climates the lower half that is steeper discourages ice dam buildup which for you southerners occurs when the snow melts from the warmth inside the barn and when it reaches the eaves it freezes forming a dam that holds water which then seeps under the shingles and drips onto the inside, the hay mow. I think nearly all Minnesota barns are gambrel roofed.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post Saturday History: The Importance of the Barn

    2014-12-13 14:15:31View | Delete

    ” but that was before there was more people than barns.”

    Indeed, both of my grandfathers obtained their 160 acres in Kansas and Minnesota for free under the Homestead Act by living on and working the land. I guess that opportunity will not happen again.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post Saturday History: The Importance of the Barn

    2014-12-13 12:31:14View | Delete

    Love these stories. I only remember visiting my grandmothers farm when I was about 5. The barn was full of good smells, the cows, the silage for the pigs and the big animals kept it warm in winter. They had horses and one small tractor, no electricity. The windmill kept the stock tank full of well water. Lighting was by a large gasoline lantern in the kitchen and smaller kerosene lanturns elsewhere. The kitchen stove was fed by mostly by corn cobs. The cooler was under a trap door in the kitchen where roots were stored under dirt. A hand pump was by the sink. The cream separator stood in the kitchen as well as a butter churn. My grandmother would go out in the yard with a loop on the end of a stick to catch a chicken, lop its head off on a tree stump, dunk it in boiling water to loosen the feathers and soon there was chicken for dinner. It seems odd to me that I recall so much but I guess at 5 everything was so interesting.

  • The mindset of the inquisition is thriving within us. Our gene pool needs to be cleansed of these sadists… and I don’t care how it’s done.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 08:05:34View | Delete

    I like Charlie a lot, only thing is I wish he would get over those butch-me-up references to that Sen, whose name I forget. Maybe the catholic in him ennables the lingering homophobia.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 07:54:21View | Delete

    Agreed except for this part:

    ” Human beings CAN change the nature of their societies BECAUSE the various systems of society, be it the economic system, the legal system, or the political system are very like the games which children play.”.

    Cart before the horse. I think children, for the most part, play the games they see modeled for them by the so-called ‘grownups’.

    We change the nature of the games we grew up with and children will follow.

    Despotism in our relations with the young will inculcate resentment which which will in some way or another eventually be revenged on someone.

    I can imagine Darth Vader’s childhood was something pitiful. The religous rights child rearing guarantees more generations of despots and sheep.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 06:22:29View | Delete

    Thanks, MsMolly for reading about the torture so I don’t have to. Now what?

    I mean now what? I have been watching our country descend into hell for some time now. Now what? What am I supposed to do about it? What can I do about it? Go shopping? I’ve tried that, doesn’t work. Vote? done that too. Knock on doors? How can we get organized to have some effect? Talk is cheap, very, very cheap. Yes, we need to info of what is actually going on. I think we have enough now.

    Help, tell me what to do, make it specific, maybe I can do it.

    Plans, somebody, think of a plan.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post Meaningless Human Life in Neoliberal America

    2014-12-07 11:45:59View | Delete

    Thanks for all your posts, Ed. What I really admire about you is the fact that you keep going in the face of what you must write. Your Sunday missives always depress me but I made myself read them anyway. Reality is the shits these days nearly everywhere I look, but then for most of the planets denizens that’s nothing new.

    Some glimmers of hope, the emergent secularism among the young around the world, the internet and its many many progressive bloggers, the rise of women.

    See you at Naked Capitalism and I hope cross posted around here.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post Sunday Food: Sick as The Poop

    2014-12-07 05:56:38View | Delete

    I’ll have to try some of those spices in my concoctions.

    My lazy boy method: About once a week I buy a cooked chicken at the super. I save all the scraps, skin and bones as I eat the chicken over 3 o 4 days, and simmer them a few hours, drain, cool the stock skim the fat, add a chopped onion. Then each week I alternate cooking dried peas, lentils, and beans, so I always have a choice of at least two.

    Yeah I’d like to find a vegetarian option too.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post Over Easy: ISPs Favor Regulation — When It Helps Them

    2014-12-05 06:51:43View | Delete

    Call att tell them you are thinking of quitting. I did and they transferred me to the “retention department” and they knocked the $56 charge back down to the $28 I was paying on the promotion I started with. I get about 11mbs last time I checked.

  • joelmael commented on the blog post FDL Going on Hiatus

    2014-12-01 14:34:05View | Delete

    Geeze, Jane, my heart sank at your first few words thinking it was the cancer returning…..just a hip transplant?….pardon my whoopee!

    You deserve a break anyway… I asked you a long time ago, when do you sleep? Forgot what you replied, something about time for that later. Naps, pillows, time for yourself…all guilt free, take advantage.
    (I know your concern for the Kirikous so chipping in)

  • joelmael commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Awakenings by Elliott.

    2014-11-29 05:59:26View | Delete

    “When out of the past came the thundering hoof beats of the great horse silver…the Lone Ranger rides again” Heroes, schmeeros, even the horse was great. Except Scout, smaller horse, not white….faithful Indian companion, Tonto…no nice hat…..that was before heroes could find girlfriends who could shoot….but good enough to keep a hero warm around the [...]

  • joelmael commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Awakenings by Elliott.

    2014-11-29 03:44:29View | Delete

    Mornin E, No, I don’t feel an awakening and I won’t be in line for VII. War, real or imaginary, doesn’t excite me, it depresses me. I think Star Wars movies, boxing, football, etc. are porn for our repressed lust for violence and conquest. “Awakening” is an inspired promo that shows how well they know [...]

  • joelmael commented on the diary post The politics of #shirtstorm: Don’t wear it or get over it? by danps.

    2014-11-17 11:40:29View | Delete

    To those who are upset about people saying too much about a shirt take look at this; http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/hey-sexy-shirt-defenders-where-are-you-when-womens-appearance-is-criticized/ After you’ve read the story about what women put up with in criticism of what they wear come back and tell us what you think. By the way pay attention to what Amanda Marcotte has to say [...]

  • joelmael commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Art in Science, Science in Art by Elliott.

    2014-11-15 05:54:52View | Delete

    Mornin Elliot,

    If I can’t be FDR, fight the bad guys here and abroad and win, I want to be Feynman and figure out what’s basic.

    Slightly color blind so Van Gogh doesn’t excite me.

  • Mornin /Ruth and pups,

    Not having a good week here, first the election and now finding out the creation story I grew up with is not the only one. What’s next? Whatever it is I hope its got ice cream and chocolate on top.

  • The take over of the press proceeds apace, the newspapers are being reduced to shopping flyers. Those in the habit of reading them are dying off. I haven’t subscribed in many years. TV news is a sick joke. The radio is now only music and whackaroos. They are coming for the internet and they may find a way to get it

  • joelmael commented on the diary post Over Easy: The “War” over Apple Pay by msmolly.

    2014-11-01 05:24:43View | Delete

    Molly, Just in case you don’t know this. I have Uverse, $27 first year, next year got a bill for $50+ Called to complain they said I had a one year promotion price. So I said I guess I’ll find another provider. They said wait, let me connect you to the “retention” department. Retention said [...]

  • joelmael commented on the diary post Over Easy: The “War” over Apple Pay by msmolly.

    2014-11-01 04:59:54View | Delete

    A day late, Molly and haven’t gone thru all the comments. I would go back to cash for most things…but….. At Kroger old people get 10% off for house branded items. I get another 2% off using the Amex(Fidelity) card. And some quarters of the year 5% off for groceries and gasoline with a Chase [...]

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