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2022-08-14 2:22:45 PM  
Bio major in a past life here... and it was obvious last century that things were farked and getting farked harder every year. No one really knew what projection was right, just that they were all bad...

*record scratch*

It's worse than we thought (realistically). The population has more than doubled in my 50+ years, we can't get our heads out of our asses with energy use/fossil fuels, and we've effectively poisoned 1/2 the planet.
Species are dying off in a mass extinction rate normally reserved for catastrophic events (meteor, super volcano, etc) and we pretend it has nothing to do with our actions... then we outlaw abortion.

Our species is a plague, and science isn't going to save us, other than perhaps a handful.
Nope, I didn't have kids for a reason, and all you breeders out there better start thinking about the world your kids will live in... it's not going to be pleasant.

I could go on, but... that covers more than most will read. *shrug*

/doomed
 
2022-08-14 2:36:44 PM  
I thought you said blumpkin.
 
2022-08-14 2:40:56 PM  

Percise1: Bio major in a past life here... and it was obvious last century that things were farked and getting farked harder every year. No one really knew what projection was right, just that they were all bad...

*record scratch*

It's worse than we thought (realistically). The population has more than doubled in my 50+ years, we can't get our heads out of our asses with energy use/fossil fuels, and we've effectively poisoned 1/2 the planet.
Species are dying off in a mass extinction rate normally reserved for catastrophic events (meteor, super volcano, etc) and we pretend it has nothing to do with our actions... then we outlaw abortion.

Our species is a plague, and science isn't going to save us, other than perhaps a handful.
Nope, I didn't have kids for a reason, and all you breeders out there better start thinking about the world your kids will live in... it's not going to be pleasant.

I could go on, but... that covers more than most will read. *shrug*

/doomed


I second this. Just I'm younger!

Climate change is already HERE people......

And shiat will only get worse, not better.

If you had kids i hope you're rich, it'll be their only chance at a life i grew up thinking was "normal" when out in nature.
 
2022-08-14 3:13:02 PM  
Time to invent nanopollinator drones - you're going to need that 3-5 year head start, and you might as well have a product ready when it comes time to swap natural for artificial pollinators...
 
2022-08-14 3:14:58 PM  

FormlessOne: Time to invent nanopollinator drones - you're going to need that 3-5 year head start, and you might as well have a product ready when it comes time to swap natural for artificial pollinators...


...aaaand we're already on it.
 
2022-08-14 3:22:33 PM  

luna1580: Percise1: Bio major in a past life here... and it was obvious last century that things were farked and getting farked harder every year. No one really knew what projection was right, just that they were all bad...

*record scratch*

It's worse than we thought (realistically). The population has more than doubled in my 50+ years, we can't get our heads out of our asses with energy use/fossil fuels, and we've effectively poisoned 1/2 the planet.
Species are dying off in a mass extinction rate normally reserved for catastrophic events (meteor, super volcano, etc) and we pretend it has nothing to do with our actions... then we outlaw abortion.

Our species is a plague, and science isn't going to save us, other than perhaps a handful.
Nope, I didn't have kids for a reason, and all you breeders out there better start thinking about the world your kids will live in... it's not going to be pleasant.

I could go on, but... that covers more than most will read. *shrug*

/doomed

I second this. Just I'm younger!

Climate change is already HERE people......

And shiat will only get worse, not better.

If you had kids i hope you're rich, it'll be their only chance at a life i grew up thinking was "normal" when out in nature.


Same.

One of the main reasons I don't want kids is I know i won't be able to provide them the life my parents gave me.

I have a decent, well paying job.  But will it be considered "well paying" in 20+ years when I'm trying to get a kid going on their own?  That's the big question.
 
2022-08-14 3:40:08 PM  
Getting rid of Pumpkin Spice would be OK by me.
 
2022-08-14 3:50:45 PM  
Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie - Jay & The Techniques
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2022-08-14 4:19:38 PM  
In fairness, the world would probably be better off without tequila

/everyone should have a small pollinator garden and a small vegetable garden
 
2022-08-14 4:44:41 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: In fairness, the world would probably be better off without tequila

/everyone should have a small pollinator garden and a small vegetable garden


I wish I could have a legit vegetable garden.  Had one when I was a wee lad living with the parents, and honestly I'm not terrible at maintaining one.

But these days I'm in an apartment with a westward facing balcony - any plants I have out there cook before they grow.
 
2022-08-14 4:49:49 PM  

freakdiablo: ModernPrimitive01: In fairness, the world would probably be better off without tequila

/everyone should have a small pollinator garden and a small vegetable garden

I wish I could have a legit vegetable garden.  Had one when I was a wee lad living with the parents, and honestly I'm not terrible at maintaining one.

But these days I'm in an apartment with a westward facing balcony - any plants I have out there cook before they grow.


grow 5 gallon bucket tomatoes, choose an indeterminate cherry or globe variety. water regularly, stake em up HIGH!

for next year, anyway. eggplant, okra, peppers also LOVE heat and sun. herbs like basil are a great container bet as well.
 
2022-08-14 4:57:11 PM  

luna1580: freakdiablo: ModernPrimitive01: In fairness, the world would probably be better off without tequila

/everyone should have a small pollinator garden and a small vegetable garden

I wish I could have a legit vegetable garden.  Had one when I was a wee lad living with the parents, and honestly I'm not terrible at maintaining one.

But these days I'm in an apartment with a westward facing balcony - any plants I have out there cook before they grow.

grow 5 gallon bucket tomatoes, choose an indeterminate cherry or globe variety. water regularly, stake em up HIGH!

for next year, anyway. eggplant, okra, peppers also LOVE heat and sun. herbs like basil are a great container bet as well.


Thanks, I'll have to give it a shot.
 
2022-08-14 5:07:55 PM  
Plant as much borage and lavender as you can. Both are great cover plants to prevent weeds and bees LOVE them. I have two beds in the front of my house that kept getting overrun with weeds when I tried planting flowers. I switched to lavender and borage, which proceeded to spread out and cover the beds entirely in about 3 years. It's always buzzing with bees.

Of course, it's a tiny light in Mordor-like darkness. I think Percise1 summed it up well enough. Ultimately, we waited too long, ignored too much and are still unwilling to take environmental change seriously, especially when it costs money to do so. Even if we started taking it seriously today, and made major modifications to our economy and lifestyle choices, it's still probably too late. Humans are farked. But in the immediate short term, I do still enjoy the smell of lavender and watching the bees.
 
2022-08-14 5:11:49 PM  

rosekolodny: I thought you said blumpkin.


Your Mom:* Taps head* There, There, go back to sleep.
 
2022-08-14 5:19:14 PM  

Samsquantch: Plant as much borage and lavender as you can. Both are great cover plants to prevent weeds and bees LOVE them. I have two beds in the front of my house that kept getting overrun with weeds when I tried planting flowers. I switched to lavender and borage, which proceeded to spread out and cover the beds entirely in about 3 years. It's always buzzing with bees.

Of course, it's a tiny light in Mordor-like darkness. I think Percise1 summed it up well enough. Ultimately, we waited too long, ignored too much and are still unwilling to take environmental change seriously, especially when it costs money to do so. Even if we started taking it seriously today, and made major modifications to our economy and lifestyle choices, it's still probably too late. Humans are farked. But in the immediate short term, I do still enjoy the smell of lavender and watching the bees.


The thing about Poison IV is that you have to tear every single piece of it out.
 
2022-08-14 5:40:50 PM  
It's mostly my wife's project, but we have made great progress in converting a suburban plot into a hummingbird/butterfly and bees sanctuary.  Lots of fruit trees and berry bushes. Things that taste best when picked ripe and some things, like figs, that are unmarketable because you have to eat them within hours of picking.

Another year or two and I'll be able to do some canning and drying.  Right now, it's garlic harvest time and I'll be making some Toum - Lebanese Garlic Sauce - this week.
 
2022-08-14 5:55:14 PM  

freakdiablo: luna1580: Percise1: Bio major in a past life here... and it was obvious last century that things were farked and getting farked harder every year. No one really knew what projection was right, just that they were all bad...

*record scratch*

It's worse than we thought (realistically). The population has more than doubled in my 50+ years, we can't get our heads out of our asses with energy use/fossil fuels, and we've effectively poisoned 1/2 the planet.
Species are dying off in a mass extinction rate normally reserved for catastrophic events (meteor, super volcano, etc) and we pretend it has nothing to do with our actions... then we outlaw abortion.

Our species is a plague, and science isn't going to save us, other than perhaps a handful.
Nope, I didn't have kids for a reason, and all you breeders out there better start thinking about the world your kids will live in... it's not going to be pleasant.

I could go on, but... that covers more than most will read. *shrug*

/doomed

I second this. Just I'm younger!

Climate change is already HERE people......

And shiat will only get worse, not better.

If you had kids i hope you're rich, it'll be their only chance at a life i grew up thinking was "normal" when out in nature.

Same.

One of the main reasons I don't want kids is I know i won't be able to provide them the life my parents gave me.

I have a decent, well paying job.  But will it be considered "well paying" in 20+ years when I'm trying to get a kid going on their own?  That's the big question.


Are you saying you *want* to have children?
 
2022-08-14 6:35:13 PM  
I guess it's a good thing that most people are too lazy, stupid, self-centered, or all three to do anything useful about this, right?

RIGHT?
 
2022-08-14 6:35:37 PM  
Well. I love apples , and things that are made from them. Pumpkins ? I cannot stand , and they make me sick.
okay, that was over 40 years ago, when i was a kid. There was a Bourdain ep , I forget which version of the show , where he hung out with a hunting club member / chef in I think France , and the host and his wife made this really nice looking stew , inside a medium ( about the size of a basketball ) pumpkin. And it looked really good. I have to look that up and maybe try a smaller version for my bestie who can eat squashes.
Tequila. We can do without the tila variety , but , when sipped like a fine Scotch or Cognac - it is pretty damn good.
I prefer Anejo , but have had some excellent Reposados and even Platas . Doing teqila shots is something for the ignorant younglings. A wee bit on the tongue, savour , swallow , and enjoy .

The pollinator issue is a big giant problem , and not just for things that we eat or drink , but things that other animals eat.
Its not just loss of habitat, its lazy farks who cant be bothered to deal with weeds in a responsible manner so they spray tons of herbicide. Daily. Right now, I bet there are 150,000 gallons being applied , and that is just residential. Nevermind the side effects of exposure that hurts humans , pets , other quapdrupeds and avians, or even reptiles and non polinators.
Crikey- the factory farmers have been so lazy they have gmo "roundup ready" crops that wont die when roundup is applied to fields.

I could go on, but i am getting angrier with every word. Support organic famers everytime you can, plant some native  wildflowers in fields and vacant lots and boycott the major chemical and ag companies who took us to this place.

Thanks for coming to my Theodore talk
 
2022-08-14 7:04:03 PM  

freakdiablo: luna1580: freakdiablo: ModernPrimitive01: In fairness, the world would probably be better off without tequila

/everyone should have a small pollinator garden and a small vegetable garden

I wish I could have a legit vegetable garden.  Had one when I was a wee lad living with the parents, and honestly I'm not terrible at maintaining one.

But these days I'm in an apartment with a westward facing balcony - any plants I have out there cook before they grow.

grow 5 gallon bucket tomatoes, choose an indeterminate cherry or globe variety. water regularly, stake em up HIGH!

for next year, anyway. eggplant, okra, peppers also LOVE heat and sun. herbs like basil are a great container bet as well.

Thanks, I'll have to give it a shot.


Okra loves the heat.  Peppers too.
 
2022-08-14 9:20:27 PM  

freakdiablo: ModernPrimitive01: In fairness, the world would probably be better off without tequila

/everyone should have a small pollinator garden and a small vegetable garden

I wish I could have a legit vegetable garden.  Had one when I was a wee lad living with the parents, and honestly I'm not terrible at maintaining one.

But these days I'm in an apartment with a westward facing balcony - any plants I have out there cook before they grow.


I have a south facing garden with the same problem. Some spots get blasted by California summer sun all day long... brutal.
Strategic use of something like this can make a world of difference without breaking the bank.
Maybe be creative/give it a shot? Making a frame out of PVC would be cheap and easy as well...
https://www.amazon.com/6-5x10-Sunblock-Resistant-Garden-Flower/dp/B00LBUO22K/ref=sr_1_22?keywords=plant+screen&qid=1660526227&sr=8-22
 
2022-08-15 1:48:34 AM  

ModernPrimitive01: In fairness, the world would probably be better off without tequila

/everyone should have a small pollinator garden and a small vegetable garden


I've got about 1/8 of an acre of flowers and I've been intentionally not weed whacking the milkweed plants, I've got 3 that are about 6' high and 3' across which is great since I'm on the monarch migration route. When I finally get off my butt and do the work I'm going to turn the back 1/4 acre into a wildflower garden, we haven't used it since the boys were little and I get tired of mowing it for the deer.
 
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