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    posted a message on They |Called| & their NIPPLES did the dialing!!
    Sorry I didn't respond right away JJ. It's a great story and your family is remarkable for going through with that. Is your family thinking of doing that again?


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    It's about time we have a candid conversation about what we all know is going on: The future of this clan. That last bit of clan drama hurt us more than we wanted to admit, but we've been on a steady decline for several years. That last clan contest we won was partially motivated by wanting to go out with a bang, go out on a high note...and that was three years ago.

    Fast forward to today. Few of us still play magic, few of us visit, and few of us post. We can say "forever called" all we want...but sentiment and no posts is not enough.

    Basically...Officially...we are not active enough to stay alive as an active clan. Is there any real honest desire to change that? Is it time we go the way of Project Mayhem, The Greek Alliance, and the several other clans that migrated over from MTGNews? They've all fallen and we are the last, but again, sentiment alone wont keep this clan going.
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    posted a message on We were |Called| to War and Feast, now you’re left with Famine and Peace. GG.
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    I no care about election, i didn't watch or votre; so what can I say?.. Rolleyes

    That just means you were not in a swing state. I can't tell you how annoying it was in Nevada. Every other commercial on TV was political, the mail box was filled with nothing but political adds, the phone rang 20+ times a day with political robocalls and political surveys, and the doorbell rang at least three times a day with a political voice (or someone paid by them cause half the time they didn't seem to care or told me they were just doing their job.).

    It got so bad that I disconnected the phones, only watched netflix, just tossed out the mail, and posted this picture on my door.

    In the end I was really just happy to see the whole thing end. ...and now I'm excited about the 2016 season. Will Hillary go for it? Will Chris Christie get the nomination? Here's hoping for a Palin/Trump ticket for the win! Grin


    Oh, and awesome collection there. Do you have it all in Foil yet? I haven't worked on my foil set of innistrad since december. Which sucks now since I'll probably never finish it. Only a third done anyway.

    Charlie....enchantress is a mean deck. It's slaughtered my Rock deck almost every time I've encountered it. So I wouldn't discount it. Then again the only legacy deck I own is Rock.


    Thanksgiving was good. Still in vegas eating leftovers. Played and Beat Halo 4...gotta say, I expected a ton more from that game. Rather dissapointing.

    Cheers,

    Daggertooth
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    posted a message on Return to Ravnica? Some of us never left.
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    Wanna know the funny thing, what made News die? Was it the fact that a person decided to use their power as they saw fit to do as they wish? Now is it any different from what has happened here?

    News fell because it was generating too much traffic. Too much bandwidth on the servers and DG didn't have the interest nor the funds to keep it going. There was even a fundraiser drive, one I contributed to, to try to keep it alive and there was discussion of selling to someone who did have the funds and interest to keep it alive.

    The person who purchased the site wasn't some corrupt villain nor evil communist socialist Nazi. He was simply a person who made a business transaction and hoped to turn a profit. There were many unpopular decisions made and several key moderators were driven out, including Rancorred Elf. The majority of the members fled with that initial exodus. In anycase News isn't dead, but still a small fraction of its former glory.

    I don't know how many parallels can be drawn between then and now. You wish to paint someone with a single brush, to perhaps claim that absolute power is corrupting absolutely, but I don't even know who the administrators are, what they represent, or how they will proceed. They are too new to even make a judgement let alone such grandiose claims.
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    posted a message on We were |Called| to War and Feast, now you’re left with Famine and Peace. GG.
    Wow, lots of magic posting. Dux selling off his money collection and votan kicking some legacy butt.

    Good luck in the music jobs there Charlie, should be fun. My brother is working to get into that world right now...something about a music major with a masters in composition or something.


    I don't have much time. 5:30 right now and I still need to make camp and see if I can't catch dinner. Got a piece of Carp from two days ago, going to dutch oven it with cream of mushroom and some vegetables, but I'd rather catch a fresh kokane.

    We've inventoried a lot of country out here already. Though not nearly as much as we need. I've seen some rangeland about as beat up as I've ever seen. Landscapes with annual grasses so dominant and noxious that you can't use the land for anything. Might as well plow it over and put up houses...and this is coming from me. Our 8 man crew dropped to 5 for a bit when we lost one to a better job, one to physical limitations, and one to heat exhaustion. This job isn't for everyone, but we got the heat exhaustion gal back. I've even felt the heat myself a time or two, but then I'm a bit odd...I wear heavy jeans, a long sleeve black cotton t-shirt, and a big black cowboy hat. Some of my crewmates been calling me the man in black...or at least sing Johnny Cash.

    The last week was rough....we got to one site just as lighting struck and a large fire flared up. We debated on working it, I would have anyway, but the gals were worried so we left it. Turned out it was a huge fire that burned for days...but missed our site by a mile so we would have been fine. Then it rained on us several days in a row...which wouldn't have been as bad if I hadn't been sleeping under the stars. Well it still wasn't bad, but my down blanket got heavy as it soaked up all the water so i was heating up and boiling under the blanket while slowly getting soaked with water falling on my face. Kept me up for an hour and took me several days to dry those blankets with my body heat. Also had trouble when one of our sites hit a steep ledge. Had to keep the measuring tape in my mouth as I climbed...nearly dropped a big bassalt rock on my partner's head. Rain didn't help there either.

    Anyway, i'm off. I'll be at this cafe a time or two...got a 12 page research paper I need to finish for my mom...plus I gots tons of data to finalize. At least I'll try to post more if someone posts between now and tomorrow or so...Dux seems to think we're slower than mallasus in January.

    Cheers,

    Daggertooth
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    posted a message on Moral Arguments for Meat Eating (or against vegetarianism)
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    If you want to use these animals for meat production though, you'll encounter certain problems. The most important one will be that you'll either have drastically lower yields or you'll need enormous amounts of additional land (associated with transport cost).

    Not true. Properly maintained rangeland have increased in production rather than decreased in production. Yields are lower than what was tried in the early 1900's, but it is sustainable and you'd be hard pressed to find any rancher that isn't employing some strategy for landscape sustainability. This isn't new science, ranchers have been adjusting for nearly 50 years and our beef production is still the best in the world.

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    [landscapes Degradation] Same problem applies as above. You can trim down the impact somewhat, but this is always associated with lower yields per unit area.

    This is not a problem. Lower yields for a more sustainable landscape means moderate stocking rates. Well actually there's a slew of strategies that include seasonality of grazing, high stocking high rotation, low stocking low rotation, placement of saltlick, and type of forage available. My point is that this transition has already happened for the betterment of the ranching industry in America.


    You see the problem with the environmental argument is that the majority of issues cited as problems were rampant in the late 1800's early 1900's, but are not practiced today. Degraded landscapes put people out of business and took decades to recover. But we've been there, done that, and now know better. Yields are lower than before, but they are still very profitable.


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    Probably, deforestation in favor of rangeland nowadays is pretty rare in the US, as it's a developed economy, but how much of this rangeland was forest two centuries ago?

    Practically none of the current rangeland was forest two centuries ago. The majority of land used is in arid and semi-arid ecosystems. We're talking about grasslands and shrublands that only had trees isolated in rocky outcropings or in sheltered riparian areas. Today there are actually more trees on rangeland now than there ever has been in the past 10,000 years, Which is actually a problem.



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    I have a hard time believing environmental groups could be that powerful in the US (of all places).

    You do realize that you'd be hard pressed to find any nation that has more national parks, national wildlife refuge, and wilderness status landscapes than the US. Even the National Forest and Bureau of Land Management strategies have changed from the economic thoughts of the early 1900's to multiple use practices, prioritizing wildlife. We also have strict clean air and water acts and the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) that regulate environmental issues. These were all driven by the environmental movement.

    Environmental groups have decimated the logging industry in the North Western United States, forced hundreds of people out of work, and cost the US government tens of millions of dollars every year through litigation. Government agencies can't dig a hole without having to put together an environmental impact statement and risk getting sued by one of those environmental groups.

    With regard to ranching. There are environmental groups such as the "western watersheds" who's goal is to completely remove cattle from all public lands in the US. They use the Endangered Species Act as a tool, basically claiming that cattle harm the endangered species and suing the government to stop the practice. The problem is that there'd be no science to suggest that cattle harm the endangered species, but it is on the rancher to prove otherwise and until scientific inquiry states otherwise the ranchers will have to pull their cattle. When someone goes out to try to study cattle impacts on the endangered species the western watersheds'll sue to stop the research because as long as no research exists they can claim whatever they want and tie things up in court. Western Watersheds are currently using this strategy with the slickspot peppergrass in southern Idaho, but if that fails they can always use the pygmy rabbit and sage grouse.


    I do have to say that not all environmental groups should be lumped together like this. There are some that are very respectable, like the Nature Conservancy.
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