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Re: “Prodigal Farm is growing, along with its humanely raised herd

You were once a baby. How would you like if someone took you away from your mother, then pumped the milk from your mom's breasts to sell for someone else consumption? You'd also be legally owned, held in captivity, and slaughtered. If you are male, you would be slaughtered soon after birth; if female, slaughtered after your "productivity" producing milk declines to an uneconomic level. Goats, like humans, are mammals and only make milk due to pregnancy. Captivity, reproductive manipulation, and slaughter are integral parts of this system. Plants, unlike animals, have no nervous system, no sense of pain, no "self" to care what happens to them.

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Posted by Brandon Becker on 03/27/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Prodigal Farm is growing, along with its humanely raised herd

So Hermes and Helena (assuming both are female) will be cycled into slavery, and Hecules will be killed and eaten, since, just like dairy cows, he is useless to the industry. I guess that's the "humane" aspect of the farm -- name the animals before you turn them into dinner. I just hate how Indy glorifies this.

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Posted by Karin Yates on 03/27/2014 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Prodigal Farm is growing, along with its humanely raised herd

In other news ... in the summer, ripe tomatoes should be falling to the ground to create new tomato plants, yet farmers steal the ripe tomatoes to be fed to humans. See how ridiculous that sounds?

Talk to anyone who has visited this farm - it is the most humane operation around and the goats are completely spoiled. It is hardly an "industry."

Please, veganism has lots of advantages, but this kind of evangelical veganism BS takes pages from the playbooks of the worst kinds of manipulative religious organizations. Get a clue.

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Posted by chriskebob on 03/27/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “A movement emerges against the Duke Energy-Progress monopoly

There is a difference between a monopoly and a regulated utility. The southeast electric rates are some of the cheapest in the country. You need only to look at New England electric rates to see that competition in this case is a worse idea. Duke Energy provides great service. Remember that these employees are your friends and relatives and they genuinely care about about the customers and the environment in which they live.

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Posted by MB_NC on 03/27/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Prodigal Farm: Where goats are livin' the dream

The baby goats should be drinking their mother's milk, yet her milk is stolen by Prodigal Farm to be fed to humans. Humans are the only species to drink milk past infancy and the only species to drink the milk from another species. It's cruel and unhealthy. There is nothing "humane" about exploiting animals for their milk and slaughtering animals for their flesh. Don't buy industry lies- visit www.HumaneMyth.org to learn the truth about animal exploitation and the needless suffering and death it causes. Please try almond, coconut, flax, hemp, rice, soy, and other plant-based milks and cheeses: http://www.veganoutreach.org/guide/substit…

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Posted by Brandon Becker on 03/27/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Conceal-carry permit holders can now bring guns into restaurants and bars. What could go wrong?

I live in Wisconsin and you can conceal carry firearms into bars, HOWEVER it is illegal to posses any FIREARM while under the influence of a detectable amount of alcohol or intoxicating substance. This applies to any firearm user, permit to carry or not. Violating this is a crime that can get you a Class A misdemeanor with a 9 month jail sentence &/or $10,000 fine. You can legally carry non-firearm dangerous weapons while under the influence (reason why I bold faced firearms). I don't understand why states that allow people to conceal carry into alcohol establishments don't have something like this in place. Also not everyone that goes to a bar, tavern or restaurant is their to get drunk; armed or not.

Posted by Karl Ericsson on 03/27/2014 at 1:41 AM

Re: “Prodigal Farm is growing, along with its humanely raised herd

The baby goats should be drinking their mother's milk, yet her milk is stolen by Prodigal Farm to be fed to humans. Humans are the only species to drink milk past infancy and the only species to drink the milk from another species. It's cruel and unhealthy. There is nothing "humane" about exploiting animals for their milk and slaughtering animals for their flesh. Don't buy industry lies- visit www.HumaneMyth.org to learn the truth about animal exploitation and the needless suffering and death it causes. Please try almond, coconut, flax, hemp, rice, soy, and other plant-based milks and cheeses: http://www.veganoutreach.org/guide/substit…

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Posted by Brandon Becker on 03/26/2014 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Complaint filed against Durham Public Schools for high suspension rates of kids with disabilities

The way this student was treated was ashamed. This is how down-low these mean spirited administrators can go. The same situation can happen when dealing with other kids.

Posted by rgj5366 on 03/26/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Smile, you're on Aqueti camera

Aqueti will be showing some qG images, including Downtown Durham shots we took during this interview, at this coming First Friday in Raleigh! April 4, 2014. We would love to see you all there! The qG will be live in action as well. Be apart of the history the qG is making! https://www.facebook.com/events/1474902636057912/

Posted by Susan Delene Prochnow on 03/26/2014 at 4:14 PM
Posted by Thomas McKee Anderson on 03/26/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “After three weeks, a Raleigh teenager remains in jail after allegedly fighting on a school bus

Students and parents are attending Selina's court date tomorrow. Wake County Justice Center: 300 S. Salisbury Street. She will be called between 9-11am, show your support by wearing green!

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Posted by Mony Mate on 03/26/2014 at 2:50 PM

Re: “After three weeks, a Raleigh teenager remains in jail after allegedly fighting on a school bus

Is it any wonder we have the highest incarceration rate on the planet ? This country is a police state - "land of the free", my a__.

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Posted by JE on 03/26/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “DENR cites Orange County landowner for illegal dump after INDY story

I am disappointed in the tone and content of the article by Billy Ball, “Just Pick Up After Yourself.” It appears that he used descriptions and facts selectively to suggest something sinister happening on Parrish land. In addition, that the articles were published without pursuing the “other side” of the story strikes me as shoddy journalism and a bit cowardly.
We used to live close to the Parrishes off Bethel Hickory. David, Joseph and Melvin are good neighbors and fine people who have lived on family land going back for generations, not decades. I cannot speak to the truth of “an active unregulated landfill,” but I can offer an alternative perspective.
Frankly, Mr. Flanagan should be ashamed of himself for his hypocrisy. Where was he during the American Stone Company’s bid for expansion, given carte blanche by Orange County Planning Department and the Commissioners to expand stone mining operations for thirty more years in that community (no enforcement of SUP)? This large quarry sits “smack within the critical watershed,” but that didn’t seem to be an issue during the expansion hearings even though many residents voiced concerns about it: the constant blasting and effects on the water table and ground-water pollution; the mind-numbing noise from the daily jaw crushing and hammering; air pollution and radon concerns; contaminated wells or dried up wells, were minimized by the same people who are now waving red flags for this contaminated “landfill.” When neighbors asked DENR to investigate the air pollution, they were told that they just didn’t have the manpower. Perhaps it is easier to go after a family than it is to tackle OWASA and big business (ASC is owned by Martin Marietta Corporation).
Mr. Ball writes: The dumping ground is located at the end of Parrish Road, a rugged, dirt lane extending from Bethel Hickory Grove Church Road. There are no signs or fences. Debris is scattered with no discernible plan. It's unclear who dumps these items at the Parrish Road site, but neighbors say they frequently see large trucks going in and out.
We’ve walked down “rugged” Parrish Rd, which is your typical dirt road, many, many times. The road is part of the Parrish property, private property, and at the end of that road is what is left of one of the ancient homesteads. Hardly a decaying wooden shack as Mr. Ball describes it. And my wife and I laughed at his penchant for hyperbole (or poetic license): And a piece of metal juts, like the snout of some rusty Lochness Monster, from a nearby pond.” Really?
There are no signs because it is their property (and there are fences). The statement that neighbors frequently see large trucks going in and out speaks to the fact that the Parrish brothers own a grading, excavating and hauling business. Neighbors in the community frequently use their services. It is the nature of their business to drive “large trucks” and other large equipment!
This article should put all those on alert who live on land handed down for generations. It is what old farmers and their families used to do with “debris” long before landfills came along. I can wager that the Parrish farm is not unique were Mr. Ball to visit century farms and the like across the state.

Given all this investigative reporting, perhaps the better, unanswered, question for Mr. Ball to pursue would be:
If the watershed is really such a critical issue, then why have Mr. Harvey and Mr. Benedict of the Orange County Planning Department been silent for over a decade re: Parrish land, yet look the other way with the quarry expansion?
JNL
Jnfb2012@hotmail.com

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Posted by Jenny Nolan on 03/26/2014 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Mrs. Lauren, you are loved

Cute!

Posted by Arthur B Raleigh on 03/26/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “After three weeks, a Raleigh teenager remains in jail after allegedly fighting on a school bus

This is such an inhuman outrage. The system is broken.

But also, Selina's attitude in the face of the crap being thrown at her life is inspirational.

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Posted by Ruby Sinreich on 03/26/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Raleigh eatery's stellar soups, seafood and desserts

A fabulous addition to Glenwood South. So glad Steve chose this location'

Posted by Sue Lohr on 03/26/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “"I'm not John Updike, and I never will be": Richard Kadrey has Kill City Blues

POSTMODERN DECONSTRUCTION MADHOUSE From 3/1/14 will focus exclusively on reflections on Saul Bellow, John Updike, and Don DeLillo. NOTE Any quotes from copyrighted works on this blog are for scholarly purposes only and quoted under the Fair Use Act.
http://postmoderndeconstructionmadhouse.blogspot.com/2013/12/signs-and-signage-in-updikes-rabbit.html#.UyN2cj9dXxA

Posted by Lutfar Rahman on 03/26/2014 at 2:53 AM

Re: “Today: Virginia's AG goes bold, unlike our AG Roy Cooper

I offer my heartfelt thanks to Mr Roy Cooper for his courage in standing up to our TEA Governor and the TEA-Controlled State House. I am very hopeful that Mr Cooper will run for Governor himself; I will work to get him elected if he does. We must stand together to defeat the on-going Koch Brother's funded NeoCon TEA Insurgency. We must Stand for the Republic or we shall surely lose it!

Posted by John George on 03/25/2014 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Brother Yusuf Salim, 1929-2008

I was one of Yusuf's caretakers near the end of his life. I've taken care of a lot of people over the years but Yusuf was a very special man. In the short time I knew him he made a huge impact on my life. And he was the kindest man I have ever met in my life. I'm tearing up a bit thinking of his hugs.

I didn't only see him at work where I cared for him. He invited me out to watch him play at a Durham book store and I was delighted to go. Even so late in his life he still had a passion for jazz, music and life that many younger people will never have. I will always have a special place in my heart for him.

Posted by Phin Kreptow on 03/24/2014 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Aiken, Crisco, and the battle for Renee Ellmers' 2nd congressional district

Aiken is an Obama extremist, simple as that another supporter of Obamacare.

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Posted by joemo on 03/24/2014 at 11:23 AM

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