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News Comments > Out of the Blue
44. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 28, 2016, 19:26 bigspender
 
descender wrote on Oct 28, 2016, 16:06:
Dairy (meaning Cow's milk, I have no idea why eggs are lumped in with this garbage) is the last thing I'm worried about saving as it's the last thing any human should be worried about ingesting.

I feel like you're still missing my main point here (which i'll admit isn't coming out very clearly). How are you going to replace and replenish the topsoil that we are currently destroying by farming too much land too often? Usable farmland is drying up (literally in some cases) by the day and it has nothing to do with how much meat we consume.

Short of a mass extinction or population control measures those "sci fi" options are going to be your only option... and these two are actually both real-world solutions already in progress.

These are industrial scale solutions to world-scale problems. How are you going to forcefully change the diet of 7 billion people? You aren't, because no one agrees on what that diet is.

Most of the crop the world grows, is to feed these farm animals. Something like 70-80% depending on what you read.

If we wanted to feed people with plants, we'd need far less land than what we already use, because 7 billion people don't eat anywhere near as much as 80+ billion cows/pigs/chickens etc.

You replenish topsoil with crop rotation btw. (and not using pesticides that kill worms and what not, but that's an issue that can be worked on in parallel to the primary issue of eating meat).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2016, 20:24 bigspender
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 20:16:
bigspender wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 20:05:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 18:04:
No thanks, I'm sticking with burgers, steaks, chicken, tuna, endangered whooping crane omelets, and I would like the absolute last Chilean Sea Bass deep fried, not broiled.

Well then you're eating the goose that laid the golden egg.

If you click the link in my OP you'll see that you will still eat burgers and omelets, chicken. The difference is that they're made from plants ;-)


The other difference is that eating too much corn based stuff is also unhealthy.. just face it, you need to strike a balance, and there is no balance if you eat zero meat. You may survive that, but is that still living?

Absolutely, you'd still want to eat anything processed in moderation, just as you would moderate real meat consumption (since it causes cancer and heart disease etc).

But I'm guessing RedEye isn't worried about balance given what he listed, he's it in for maximum food pleasure
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2016, 20:16 bigspender
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 20:05:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 18:06:
JayDeath wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 18:04:
How can one live without their liver? Am I missing something?
When a patient receives a liver transplant, his or her entire liver is removed. It is then replaced by a portion of the donor's healthy liver.

So they both have to take immune response blockers for the rest of their lives?




Just the recipient I believe. The liver is an organ that will grow back for the donor. It's nice ability for it, since we only have one liver


But imagine marrying the recipient. You could totally pull the "Hey I gave you my liver" thing when it was your turn to do the chores lol.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2016, 20:05 bigspender
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 18:04:
No thanks, I'm sticking with burgers, steaks, chicken, tuna, endangered whooping crane omelets, and I would like the absolute last Chilean Sea Bass deep fried, not broiled.

Well then you're eating the goose that laid the golden egg.

Like I said, you don't miss out on anything, not even burgers steaks and chicken etc: https://gardein.com/product-type/chickn/

(That's just one brand, but there 1000s of them these days in each part of world (granted some taste bad, but many taste as good if not better than the real thing).

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2016, 19:58 bigspender
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 17:46:
bigspender wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 17:35:
"Wildlife decline since 1970s reaches nearly 60%"

Please everyone, the governments aren't going to solve this for us. We all need to adopt a plant-based diet if the human species is going to survive the next 100 years. The power is in your hands.

Each time we eat beef, chicken, pork, eggs, fish, dairy we're destroying the environment.

Please don't turn the planet into Mad Max Fury Road. Do you want your children or grand-children do die gracefully from old age? Or do you want them to starve, or die of thrist? The choice is yours, and you have the power to help with every meal.

I know it feels like you might miss out on something, but the truth is you aren't. And you gain more than you could ever imagine.

You don't eat salads btw, you eat hearty plant foods like this: http://tinyurl.com/gvlxhdp

Awww don't worry about it. Before long we'll be growing meat in labs anyway. That and utilizing vertical farms in cities. We're omnivores. It's the smartest thing to be.

I'm not sure if we have "before long". It took only 40 years to destroy 60% of wildlife species. That gives us what, another 40 years before the remainder is gone, maybe more, maybe less.

When you think about farms, they are run to make money, it's a business. What financial incentives do farmers have to invest in vertical farms? They're not going to do anything unless the market changes, and that starts with our buying habits

We simply cannot wait for other people to solve the problems we cause as individuals. It is us individuals that must make the changes happen.

Perhaps lab grown meat and these vertical farms will appear soon, and perhaps they will be completely environmentally friendly in everyway. But what I'm suggesting is that we must use all available avenues to get the maximum impact. And right now, eating a plant-based diet has the biggest impact (and for the least amount of effort - and it's a positive financial impact to ourselves).

Also the more I read, the less I believe that humans are omnivores. Omnivores don't get diseases such as gout, atherosclerosis, and kidney stones from eating meat/eggs/fish/dairy. But humans do, even the fittest people on the planet at the time (dead G.I.'s in Vietnam aged 18-25) already had already have atherosclerosis.

This comment was edited on Oct 27, 2016, 20:12.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2016, 19:31 bigspender
 
descender wrote on Oct 27, 2016, 17:49:
Do you want your children or grand-children do die gracefully from old age? Or do you want them to starve, or die of thrist?

Industrial-scale farming is eliminating the topsoil around the world and will be causing the exact scenario you just blamed on meats. :p

We can't feed plants to 7billion people, there simply isn't enough earth for that. We actually NEED industrial-scale meat-markets in order to supply the amount of fertilizer required to do industrial-scale farming. It's a double edged sword with no easy answers.

Cutter is right, lab-meat and vertical growhouses are the wave of the future, not blindly promoting one type of food over the other.

We're feeding plants to 80+ billion animals, the majority of which eat more than humans (since these animals are always in a growing phase, as they are killed as soon as they reach size, and are replaced immediately with another growing animal).

So it's just basic math, that if we grow 7 billion people worth of plants, it uses waaaaaaaaaaaay less land, water and energy than feeding those 80 billion animals.

No matter which way you look at it, vertical grow-houses will provide more food, if they grow human-consumable grains. Take out the middle cow

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 27, 2016, 17:35 bigspender
 
"Wildlife decline since 1970s reaches nearly 60%"

Please everyone, the governments aren't going to solve this for us. We all need to adopt a plant-based diet if the human species is going to survive the next 100 years. The power is in your hands.

Each time we eat beef, chicken, pork, eggs, fish, dairy we're destroying the environment.

Please don't turn the planet into Mad Max Fury Road. Do you want your children or grand-children do die gracefully from old age? Or do you want them to starve, or die of thrist? The choice is yours, and you have the power to help with every meal.

I know it feels like you might miss out on something, but the truth is you aren't. And you gain more than you could ever imagine.

You don't eat salads btw, you eat hearty plant foods like this: http://tinyurl.com/gvlxhdp
 
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News Comments > Uwe Boll Ending Film Career
19. Re: Uwe Boll Ending Film Career Oct 26, 2016, 14:52 bigspender
 
He's worked out how to use GameMaker and is now going to be ruining PC games adapated from popular movie franchises......
 
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News Comments > Resident Evil 7 Trailers
2. Re: Resident Evil 7 Trailers Oct 25, 2016, 14:47 bigspender
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 25, 2016, 13:33:
Picking up herbs, combining them in your MICROSCOPIC inventory... it's definitely a Resident Evil game.

Classic Blunder, for that second clip. STOMP ON HIS DAMN HEAD.


Reminds me more of the new Alone in the Dark game with a bit of Steam Green light generic horror game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 21, 2016, 15:38 bigspender
 
Looks like a cutscene from a 90s game so weird. But interesting concept.  
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News Comments > Battlefield 1 Released
27. Re: Battlefield 1 Released Oct 21, 2016, 15:35 bigspender
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 12:40:
$80 for the base game. $85 for the season pass. $400 to host a server for a year. Wow, what a bargain! How could anyone possibly pass this up?

Rolleyes

$45 on green man gaming

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 19, 2016, 17:47 bigspender
 
Re: blue light = bad for winding down - check out a program called f.lux (full stop is intentional).

It makes your monitor colours go butt ugly when the sun goes down, but it does it gradually over 1hr so you don't really notice.

But it really does help. You get sleepy, and quality of sleep is better.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2016, 18:41 bigspender
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 12, 2016, 11:49:
Glow in the dark paths in multiple colours? Jesus, Warsaw is going look like a bad rave at night. That would be really irritating having to look at that constantly. We actually need the dark.


I'm curious whether it is actually more energy efficient - for new paths sure. But to dig up old paths and replace them, surely that is less efficient - especially if instead the country could use that money/time/effort into developing green electricty which not only the bike path lights could benefit from.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2016, 18:35 bigspender
 
Pigeon wrote on Oct 12, 2016, 12:58:
Cutter wrote on Oct 12, 2016, 11:49:
Glow in the dark paths in multiple colours? Jesus, Warsaw is going look like a bad rave at night. That would be really irritating having to look at that constantly. We actually need the dark.

Your taste for salt is not hard-wired from birth. The excessive amount we eat today is a result of what Matthias Berninger, vice president of public affairs for Mars, calls an “arms race” between food producers and restaurant chains. One turns up the salt; customers get used to that; the next producer does the same thing. Over time, the whole population’s palate changes. Today Americans consume two to three times the sodium we need, and one in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease — which can lead to the grave.

Which is why I quit using salt 20 years ago on anything but fresh food and even that's minimal. One thing I've always noticed is that anyone else who's done this easily picks up just how much salt there is in processed/frozen/restaurant food. Tasting anything really salty actually gives me a coughing fit. I anxiously await the day that the government regulates the shit out of sodium because it's way past due.

I cut back on my salt usage years ago and it's amazing when you start to notice just how salty things already are. I cringe when I see people adding salt to things that I know to already be very salty.

I had a similar deal with sugar and fat. It's just amazing how quickly and how much your taste buds will adjust. Goes to show that eating healthy is worth it, because it only takes a few weeks before it becomes the new "normal" for your taste buds.


So yeah, eat less salty pizzas as mentioned in the first article and lower your blood pressure and not get dementia as suggested in the 2nd article

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News Comments > Thumper Released
5. Re: Thumper Released Oct 12, 2016, 17:36 bigspender
 
heroin wrote on Oct 12, 2016, 11:29:
I've seen the creator of Thumper's band so many times it makes me dizzy thinking about it.


I knew the dog before he came to class. -Milhouse
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They've really nailed the 90s movie CGI look though.
 
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News Comments > Gears of War 4 Released
8. Re: Gears of War 4 Released Oct 11, 2016, 22:58 bigspender
 
gears of snoooooooooore


Can you even die in this game? I mean if you have an IQ over 25?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 10, 2016, 19:26 bigspender
 
There aren't many new games that aren't novelty for VR.

However there are plenty of excellent simulator games that have adpoted VR support such as the updated DCS World 2.0 which just looks amazing in VR.

Parked on the runway and leaning out of your cockpit and being able to accurately comprehend how high off the ground you are sitting is a surreal experience.

Especially if you fly a helicopter mission with night vision goggles, it feels so right wearing a VR helmet.
 
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News Comments > Prey Trailer
2. Re: Prey Trailer Oct 10, 2016, 19:20 bigspender
 
The bounty hunter thing was waaaaaaay cooler.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2016, 18:59 bigspender
 
1badmf wrote on Oct 10, 2016, 17:25:
bigspender wrote on Oct 10, 2016, 15:46:
I'm still having trouble with the Westworld after two episodes. I don't care for any of the characters because it's basically just GTA5 with androids instead of being only virtual.

So even though they play evil music when Ed Harris does his thing, it's no different than me running over the NPCs in GTA5.

It's not like they are actual conscious beings like Data from Star Trek.


Or have I completely missed something?


yeah, pretty much the entire transhumanist subtext. gta had about as much philosophy as a kick to the balls. westworld is (hopefully and so far) something far, far greater.

If it's exploring what it is to be a sentient being then it certainly has been done countless times before, so the only thing that could surprise me is if perhaps the show is a PETA awareness campaign where it ends with something like "If you feel empathy for these fictional robots and are disgusted by the humans that abuse them, why are you paying for 100+ billion sentient beings to be bred for your entertainment every year"

 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2016, 15:46 bigspender
 
I'm still having trouble with the Westworld after two episodes. I don't care for any of the characters because it's basically just GTA5 with androids instead of being only virtual.

So even though they play evil music when Ed Harris does his thing, it's no different than me running over the NPCs in GTA5.

It's not like they are actual conscious beings like Data from Star Trek.


Or have I completely missed something?

 
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