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(NPR)   Plague of locusts has attacked Israel, leaving observant Jews asking themselves if they have offended God, are they kosher. The Torah and Leviticus are divided, rabbis disagree, but foodees say if they are sauteed and honey spiced, they are delicious   (npr.org) divider line 10
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2013-03-08 04:27:42 PM
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No Such Agency: Happy Hours: And whatever happened to that Jewish person who used to post here fairly frequently?

The Israeli state decided that paying him to come in here and shill like a motherfarker/take over any thread remotely related to Israel, Judaism or Zionism was a poor investment, because everyone here was real tired of his shiat and he just represented Jews really poorly.  What an unpleasant individual, don't miss him one bit.


I didn't always agree with him, but he was actually informative and presented a point of view that was insightful to understanding the mindset of many Israelis. I imagine he just got sick of people flaming him for holding different opinions than they did.

And I really hope you're kidding about believing he was a paid shill. Some people actually believe what they say especially when it comes to their country or religion and probably even more so when those 2 are combined.

I would even welcome radical Muslims here on Fark. Yes, they would get flamed mercilessly even by me but I would find it interesting to hear what they have to say and how they reacted to arguments against their beliefs.

Great Porn Dragon: Have only eaten something akin to a proper locust once (a candied cricket, which was surprisingly good--crickets actually taste kind of nutty) but at least around here there does seem to be quite the surge of cicada-based cuisine every 10 to 17 years or so when we get cicada plagues :D

(In Cincinnati, this actually has gone to the point of low comedy--when a rather mediocre regional pizza chain (Snappy Tomato) had its jingle parodied as "Snappy Cicada Pizza" (not just once but twice, at that).  The pizza chain has actually embraced said parody, and there are folks who DO try to make "Snappy Cicada Pizza" everytime we have a big brood emergence.)

I've actually been curious to try cicadas, but the SO has pretty much all but threatened committment and/or divorce proceedings if done in their presence so I'd have to try them alone...


The only bugs I've ever knowingly eaten were sugar ants. They're really tiny and had infested an apartment I lived in. I didn't consider them to be a big enough pest to resort to chemical warfare but they especially seemed to like Raisin Bran cereal which was my cereal of choice at the time.

I'd make a bowl of cereal and see them floating in the milk and it wasn't enough to make me discard it so I ate them. They were too small for me to notice any taste, but I figured the extra protein wasn't bad for me and I suffered no ill effects.

It's probably mostly a cultural thing that most of us are grossed out by the idea of eating bugs but people in some parts of the world do and they are apparently a good food source. I just have a hangup that they might be "dirty" and I have no idea how to prepare them. Crickets, grasshoppers and cicadas might actually be tasty. I guess you would remove the wings, legs and heads and sautee them in butter or something.

I hate to admit it, but I watched an episode of Baggage the other day and one of the girls on that episode said she ate cockroaches. I'm sure all the "baggage" on that show is fake, but that really grossed me out. I hate roaches. I haven't seen one in years.

I could probably bring myself to eat a cricket, but I've killed roaches with fire before...and unless I were starving in a 3rd world prison I don't think I could ever eat one.
2013-03-08 12:29:30 PM
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Well, if they are stuck in the farking desert, killing each other, and arguing about the sky wizard, and no water about, then they deserve to eat farking bugs.
2013-03-09 07:02:57 AM
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ciberido: No Such Agency: News flash: If god exists, he's a real asshole who might just punish you for no reason at all, so eat whatever you like and be nice to each other.

Happy Hours: And whatever happened to that Jewish person who used to post here fairly frequently?

The Israeli state decided that paying him to come in here and shill like a motherfarker/take over any thread remotely related to Israel, Judaism or Zionism was a poor investment, because everyone here was real tired of his shiat and he just represented Jews really poorly.  What an unpleasant individual, don't miss him one bit.

I'm pretty sure there's a new one.  He was in another thread less than a week ago talking about how we are all antisemitic and boasting about how fast his ignore list was growing.  We'll see if he shows up in this one.


So an over zealous defender of Israel is a paid shill.

What do you think motivates all the farkers lying that Israel is like nazi germany?
2013-03-08 02:11:36 PM
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No Such Agency: The Israeli state decided that paying him to come in here and shill like a motherfarker/take over any thread remotely related to Israel, Judaism or Zionism was a poor investment, because everyone here was real tired of his shiat and he just represented Jews really poorly.


Still, it showed that AI has moved on a bit - just a bit - since the days of Serdar Argic.

/getoffmylawn
2013-03-08 02:07:51 PM
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Dr Dreidel: Magorn: In fact isn'years was regarded as a "bloody" one?

A court that carried out more than one death sentence in a generation (~70 years) was considered "bloody", yes. I don't know about lashes, though.


that what I orginally posted but it seems fark ate half my post, glad you still knew WTF I was talking about
2013-03-08 01:50:24 PM
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FARK rebel soldier: Or Israelis could simply look to Thailand, where fried grasshoppers are often served as a crunchy treat. According to urban legend, the insects first appeared on Thai dinner plates after a plague of locusts descended on local farms a few decades ago.

I think the real pattern is Thais eat lots of bugs.


Thailand is the only place I've eaten locusts.  Fried and salted and covered in a sweet/spicy/sour coating.  So freakin' good.
2013-03-08 01:33:01 PM
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Except for the Kosher issues, I'm surprised that the Jewish calender is the only living Babylonian calender in the 21st century.
2013-03-08 01:18:53 PM
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Happy Hours: Any Jewish people want to weigh in? And whatever happened to that Jewish person who used to post here fairly frequently?


Mostly, they gave up lashes at the end of the Talmudic period (first millennium CE/AD). The punishment is for "knowingly eating a morsel* of non-kosher food" - in the Talmudic period, you'd have to have been warned by two witnesses "in a single voice" what crime you're about to commit and what the punishment is, and you respond immediately that you know all that and don't care.

That's for "official" punishment, but as mentioned, there are any number of extrajudicial means of extracting compliance.

And grasshoppers of a specific type are kosher, but many (most?) opinions don't name it - supposedly, which exact species/family/whatever is kosher was a tradition that was lost when Jewry left the MidEast (along with which animal produces the techelet dye). If I'm not mistaken, bugs would be "pareve" - not dairy (obviously), and not "animal meat" (chicken is technically "pareve", but they made a ruling about 1,000 years ago that, since chicken is a "delicacy", it should be treated like beef - again, technically, only "animal meat" is "meat", and birds don't count as "animals").

// I'm skipping over large sections, AMA

*"morsels" are usually defined as either olive- or egg-sized portions; several ounces (they use a very large olive)
2013-03-08 12:56:03 PM
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Once upon a time, it used to be pretty clear when your deity was trying to send a message when he sent a swarm of locusts at your people.  It's not manna from heaven to sustain you, it's locusts.
2013-03-08 12:51:36 PM
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Evil Canadian: This is a repeat from last week.http://www.fark.com/comments/7622789/Egypt-struck-by-a-plague-of -locus ts-ahead-of-Passover-This-is-not-a-repeat-of-1446-BC

It's still interesting tho.


well actually the plague that hit Egypt has now moved, as plagues are wont to , over to Israel , so not an actual repeat.  Still If'n I was an Egyptian, and a first born male, I think I'd make plans to be out of the country at the end of the month..ya know, just in case...
 
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