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  1. Illiterate

    Fantastic natural food

    Not being a fan is not a problem. $230 million is far from chump change. If PSU is 'not really' a state supported school, why should they even get a nickel of taxpayer money? Why is my tax dollars being used to reduce tuition (ok, not increase it as fast) at a school that is 'not really' state supported? Of note, if $230 million is such a pittance, why do Pitt and Penn State threaten to go private if they don't continually more more money from the state? Like I said, they are a public school when it benefits them and then want to be 'private' when that benefits them more. Let them go totally private.
  2. A few employees probably should be concerned about being charged for assault. The guy in the gray sweatshirt is going beyond what is necessary...punching the guy and poking him with a stick the guy while he is being held down and subdued by 5 other guys. Fighting back in self defense and/or holding him until police arrive is a bit different than 6 people beating on 1 person. Appears at least one other guy in punching away for no particular reason. Not that he (the robber) doesn't deserve it, but once a guy is down, you can't really continue to beat on him. It is kinda pathetic to repeatedly punch another guy while 5 others are holding him down.
  3. Considering it seems every judgment or decision an officer makes gets called into question and motive, might as well flip a coin. At least the coin is totally unbiased in outcome. Certainly can't say a coin chose to flip heads or tails based on the color, gender, political affiliation. cleavage appeal, etc. of the perpetrator.
  4. Illiterate

    Fantastic natural food

    About to get sidetracked: Sorry, not a fan of Penn State. Never was. Never will be. While consistently placing as a top 5 party school it can't crack the top 50 as an academic institution. Expensive compared to most other state universities. Mostly, the idea that PSU is 'private' when it suits their needs and 'public' when it comes to collecting state funds irks me to no end. So, if PSU is generating all this income, why do they need a state handout? I sent my kids to ghastly expensive private colleges for 2 reasons 1) because they did not think PSU was worth the relative cost and 2) because I can. Therefore, as a taxpayer, I am really irritated to have to subsidize the cost of other people's kids or other university activities via my taxes to attend a university, that, because it is such a great economic engine, should have no need for state tax dollars. Let these businesses and alumni subsidize.
  5. Illiterate

    Latest idiotic "challenge"

    I am guessing you never had children of your own. No parent can absolutely protect their child from everything bad that might happen. You claim to teach your child independence and good decision skills then never allow them to actually exercise those skills. Children need to be allowed to fail. Hopefully, those failures won't much more than forgetting to latch the door and the dog escapes and digs up the neighbor's garden. Of course, a lot of it depends on the kid. I know 12 yr old kids that cut up firewood with a chainsaw, however, there are many that I would not trust to cut bread with a butter knife. Again, EVERYONE is influenced by many things in media. In fact, there is an entire industry devoted to to influencing people through various media...it is called advertising.
  6. Illiterate

    Latest idiotic "challenge"

    No one is immune from being influenced by external media. Even those that think they aren't.
  7. Illiterate

    Fantastic natural food

    Well that's good to hear. At least we get a little something out of the $225 million PA pours into Penn State.
  8. Illiterate

    Fantastic natural food

    The best choice in gardening is to let some else do the work. Every year, people are giving away a lot of stuff they can't possibly use
  9. Illiterate

    Fantastic natural food

    Just a note on any thing that is named Penn State...i.e. Penn State grass mix, Penn State fertilizer, etc. Typically, Penn State, as in the university, has nothing to do with those products. It seems Penn State University actually does not market or produce any products for retail sale. (Unless things have recently changed.)
  10. Illiterate

    Fantastic natural food

    Mowing is one of those activities that appears you are doing something, but really are not. You'r just riding around on a go-kart with a blade. Takes me about 3 hours to mow my lawn and during that time, no one bothers me. SO more grass is a benefit. If I had less grass and was just sitting on the porch drinking a cold one, the wife would undoubtedly find something for me to do that requires more effort and energy than mowing the lawn. Also, the cup holders on a lawn mower are useless....putting your beer in one usually causes foamy beer.
  11. Illiterate

    Latest idiotic "challenge"

    Every media form falls under that concept....print, radio, music, tv....you name it.
  12. Illiterate

    Latest idiotic "challenge"

    Most of these 'challenges' aren't really new. Might have to chase this one back a few centuries. Guys were doing the alcohol burn 30+ years ago when I was in high school and college...way before the internet.
  13. Illiterate

    Fantastic natural food

    Just copied what my grandmother did about 50 years ago. She simply got too old to bend down and get on her knees to regularly weed. The cardboard and grass clippings merely served as a method keep the weeds down. She would struggle through with the planting because no else would do it right. My main job was to cover the garden layer after layer of cardboard and newspapers at the end of the season and spread lime. I give my dad credit for 'inventing' the raised garden. When she reached the point she could not get down to plant, he built her 'garden boxes' out of shipping pallets and scrap lumber. The boxes where 2 or 3 ft high so she could sit in a stool or chair and tend her garden. There was no such thing as compost bins back then. Folks would just dump their scraps and yard waste right into the garden and turn it over in the spring...at least in our neighborhood...along with fresh steaming piles of chicken and cow manure and other barn waste. There was none of this C:N ratio or brown to greens. Some people just like to make things way to complex. A lot of things used to be done simply because it worked.
  14. Illiterate

    Fantastic natural food

    If you don't need to replant right away, after pulling them up and/or carpet bombing with weed killer, you can put down a few layers of thick cardboard and/or a thick layer of newspaper over the area (and a bit beyond. The cardboard/newspaper should eventually kill every thing underneath. If you cover it with mulch or dirt, you can just leave it in place then just plant into it after a month or so. No need to pull it up since it will decompose rather quickly. Note: If you use cardboard, make sure to peel off any plastic coated labels and no wax coated cardboard). I once had a huge chunk of yard (about 1000-1500 sq ft) overrun big time with a thick layer of moss, mostly due to neglect and crappy clay soil. Nothing worked to really get rid of it as it would just come roaring back. The pro yard guys wanted to dig it up and replant or sod, which I thought was too expensive. After a bit of experimentation, this formula worked: heavy dose moss killer, heavy dose of cheap barn lime, 2 layers of cardboard, covered the cardboard with a mix of my clay soil (leftover from construction), fresh grass clippings, and the 'compost' created by the previous now rotting grass piles. I planted the new grass seed right away in to clippings/clay mix and covered it with straw and fertilized as directed. Almost 10 years later, it is still the thickest part of my yard. (Plus the kids are now gone or off at college so I have time to putter around the yard.)
  15. Illiterate

    Fantastic natural food

    I like the Luzianne ice tea bags. I like it unsweetened...the wife can't get enough sugar in her tea. Adding a bit of baking soda will get rid of most of the bitter tea aftertaste, especially if ya left the bags steep too long. As a true tea nerd, for the most part, I like to start my teas from the loose leaf. Lots of messing around, but you do get a better product. I do have some redneck-style iced tea brews that involve tequila or Jim Beam as flavor enhancers.....
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