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The Environment 

The Environment around us affects more than people think.

We went from this:


To this:


Yea, there’s a pool, but when it’s 110 degrees outside it’s not as fun as it may sound. Despite being watered religiously, the lawn, and nearly everything around it, is dead. Also the back ‘yard’ is 4/5ths concrete.

Just being here where I live now, over the course of the past two years has caused my (and particularly my wife’s) health, both physical and mental to decline.

For her, having a very delicate respiratory system, the atmosphere is a death trap. She is constantly having coughing fits that vanished entirely when we lived in Pennsylvania. We now live in the 5th most polluted city in the United States. She grew up here and wanted to come back here to make a new financial start for our family, as we were on hard times back east.

I agreed even though I knew the environment would affect her, but neither of us knew to what degree.

We aren’t sleeping well, and her childhood insomnia is back. Despite our best efforts to eat ‘organic’ and semi Paleo based on our very tiny food budget, we miss our normal, foraged, non polluted wild food.

Which, by the way, was free for the picking.

This town is majorly into petroleum and big agrobiz. I have not found a single thing here to forage that I would risk feeding my children other than fruit.

Most of that is citrus, with lemons that no one eats accounting for the majority of residential fruit trees.

You can only eat so many lemons. And I do, when in season.

I found ONE foragable in the yard, this entire year. A cute little sprout that looked to be a Sonchus asper, or Prickly Sowthistle. That is until the ‘gardeners’ obliterated it as a ‘weed’.

I sit here stomach growling, loathe to go make my store bought breakfast, but knowing that sooner or later I must do so as there is no other alternative at the moment.

At least it’ll be eggs.

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Welcome to the Brand New Wild Cookery and Foraging Forums!

My dearest foraging friends,

First off, let me apologize for the inconvenience of having to move the forum. There was, however, no way around it. The old forum’s servers crashed a total of eight times, just today in my efforts to copy over the data. Such a flaky forum host is not acceptable to me. You deserve better than that. I think that now, we have a stable forum hosting service. I’ve used this provider before in the past, and whilst not totally ideal in some respects, it should indeed be much more stable and productive.

This is a completely new, made from scratch forum. It only looks like the old one. I mirrored it as much as I could, with the exception being that I cleaned up and re-organized some of the forum boards a bit, to be, I hope, a bit more comprehensive.

However, it is not a totally clean slate. The meat and bones of the last forum were saved and form the backbone of this new forum.

I copied over all the text from all the posts that I could, and I got everything that I saw. There were a few things that I’d posted that I have intentionally not transferred over, but most of the important stuff is still there.

If I have missed anything, please let me know and I will do my best to rectify it.

Of course, the text will just be posted in the threads, not under the original poster, but I copied it with quotes when applicable so you can see who originally wrote the post.
Everyone will have to unfortunately re-register, but that should be a relatively quick and painless process.

Be aware that being a free forum it will try to offer you junk in the sign up. You can just click on the slightly greyed out ‘no thanks’ when it comes up. The number of offers that you will have to click through varies, but typically 3 – 5.

Thank you again for your time and participation, and I hope to see you all at the new forum soon.
All the best, my friends.

The new forum is located here: http://wildcookery.freeforums.org

~Janos

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Please Join us at the Brand New Wild Cookery Forum!

Forum Status: ONLINE! – Updated 03/15/2013 01:55

The data transfer from the old forum has been completed, and we now have a new and fully functional forum.

The brand new Wild Cookery Forum is located at: http://wildcookery.freeforums.org

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Looking for Alternative Forum Hosting Options

Forum Status: OFFLINE – Updated 03/14/2013 19:38

Well, that’s it folks. This hosting service has gone down for the third time today. Thus, I’ve secured a new hosting service with very similar options to the last one (minus the massive downtime!), and will be in the process of manually and painstakingly copying over as much of the forum as I can.

I will let everyone know here when it is back up and running again at it’s new home, and will reveal the new url at that time

The brand new Wild Cookery! Forum can be found at: http://wildcookery.prophpbb.com  To be determined.

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Update:

So far no dice. I’ve found plenty of forum hosting services that WOULD work, except for the fact that they for some strange reason lock down this or that, and don’t let you modify the styles element in some way. I’d like to currently keep the default theme, or at the very least, be able to import it, but every PHPBB3 hosting service I’ve found neurotically locks down random elements of the Admin panel that make no sense whatsoever. For example, several allow extra mod functions and imports of certain things and allow you to add chat, etc, but at the same time don’t let you import your own website image like the Blackberry one you see above. WTF is up with that?

Anyway, currently, and as much as I hate to say it, it’s looking like the best option at this time is to stay with this current forum service.

I love the forum, and the admin options that I have on the back end, I just don’t like their uptime, and being down twice in two days.

So, I guess we’ll see. This sucker goes down again however, and my hand will be forced, and I’ll pick another forum host, theme be damned.

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There have been outages encompassing the whole of the hosting service prophpbb the past two days. This forum has only been up a few days, and already we’ve had several hours of total and absolute downtime. This isn’t acceptable to me.

Also, the idiots over at prophpbb have their HELP BOARDS on the same servers as their hosting. Which means, that when the hosting service goes down, so do their forums. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. So not only are we in the dark when the forums go down, but we have no way of finding out a status, or even a ‘why’ they’ve gone down, we just have to keep checking back every so often to see if the forum is up or not, and that also is not acceptable to me. For an IT company, that’s about as unprofessional as it gets and I refuse to deal with such blatant incompetence.

Thus, I’ll be looking for another hosting service.

This will of course mean re-creating the base forum structure from scratch. But better to do that NOW, and have a stable forum going forward than keep going on something which has proven itself to be unreliable.

I’ll let ye all know what I find…

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Forum Status: OFFLINE – Updated 03/14/2013 11:28 AM

Moved all the status notifications onto the page link above.

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Ye Old Wild Cookery Videos

I logged in my email today to find two dozen messages in my inbox, in addition to various follows and ‘likes’ on my mostly non-used and defunct Youtube channel.

In regards to the Wild Cookery videos…

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Sorry folks, there likely won’t be any more of those. I won’t say ‘never’, but definitely not anytime soon or in the next few years.

When I made that video, and the others over a year ago now, it was just to help out a few  friends who were new to foraging, as I had some requests that I figured could best be served by just making a video.

By the time I’d gotten to the 4th video, I’d gotten a bit better at putting them together, but then my main computer’s hard drive took a dive, and obliterated all the data that I had in progress of the 5th Wild Cookery video. It was about 75% complete and was hands-down the best of them. I had backups of the original 4 vids, but not the one in progress as it was still being made in Sony Vega. With the crash I also lost all of the pictures and footage that I had for the video in addition to my copy of the editing software, which is a several hundred dollar program, so that put a bit of a damper on things. I can’t replace it right now, and I’m not going to fiddle with some inferior ‘free’ video processing software. I simply don’t have the patience right now to re-learn an entire video editing program from the ground up just to get it to do a few simple things.

Hence, I kind of lost all motivation to do any further videos. I’d have to start from absolute scratch, and I just don’t have the desire to do that at the moment. And quite honestly, I doubt if I’ll ever have that desire again.

The original purpose of the videos was met in spades. Anyone else who benefits from them beyond that, is just a bonus.

I never intended to be a ‘foraging personality’. I don’t plan on being the next Sam Thayer, or John Kallas, or Steve Brill, and I’m certainly not the next Green Deane. I’m not going to write a book on foraging, ever, and other than making a few random posts here and there to the Eat The Weed Forums and my Wild Cookery Blog  I don’t anticipate doing anything more in the realm of foraging for public consumption.

My Youtube channel is NOT monitored, and in fact, I had to think about it a while to even remember my password for it. If you comment there or follow it, I probably won’t see it and get back to you anytime, oh… ever.

If you want more videos, then Green Deane’s Youtube channel is simply the best there is. You can also visit the parent site, Eat The Weeds. There you will find fantastic articles on plants as well as over 1000 archived articles for your casual perusal and continued foraging pleasure and information.

They are well done and very professional.

As of this writing, he has 138 videos. That ought to keep anyone busy for a good long time in regards to learning about foraging! 😀

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Feds Lie, People Die in Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

Feds Lie, People Die in Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

Hurricane Sandy is another reminder of just how incredibly fragile the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted on a daily basis really is. Many of the hardest hit areas along the Jersey shore and the coast of Long Island have descended into a state of anarchy.

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Now, who here is sorry they have more than 3 days food on hand after witnessing the events of Hurricane Sandy? 😉

I know I’ve said it before, but I bet some folks in NYC and NJ were wishing they knew how to Eat the Weeds right now and knew some Wild Cookery!

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No Electricity = No ‘Foostamcaad’

Something I just read:

Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food

DOH!

http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/11/without_electricity_new_yorkers_on_food_stamps_cant_pay_for_food.html

I’ve got two responses for this.

  1. To the elderly, disabled, and other people in NY, NJ and other affected areas who have absolutely no other way to get food because of said age or disability, you have my deepest sympathy for the situation you are in right now.
  2. To those that are milking the system for everything it’s worth and have been on generational welfare since birth, who can’t even feed themselves for three days because they didn’t heed the warning to prepare and are the oxygen thieves of our nation… to quote the late, great, George Carlin…

George Carlin

And to quote Trent Reznor. “How does it feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel?”

Boy, I bet those folks wish right now that they knew how to eat the weeds, eh? Anyone who starves to death next to an OCEAN doesn’t deserve to pass their genes on.

FYI: The title of the thread comes from this couple that were in front of my wife and I one day at the grocery store. In front of us in line was the lovely couple who were holding up the line. The woman said, and I quote “Daaaam! I fo’got mah ‘foostamcaad’.” Her significant other had to trot their happy arse to their vehicle, and bring back said ‘foostamcaad’. They also got the max amount of ‘cash back’.

And there we were counting our dollars and change to make sure we’d have enough for a bag of flour and a few veggies. Oh well. Such is life when you don’t suckle the teat of tyranny.

I hope all those zombies in NY that were too dumb to prepare BEFORE the hurricane hit are enjoying their electronic ‘foostamcaads’ now that the power is out…

But are they learning anything from this? No. They’re demanding the govt save them.

So who’s taking bets? I’m guessing there will be riots by the 7th., if not much sooner, unless the power is magically restored.

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Happy Halloween!

Ah, the memories of Trick-or-Treating as a child. We had some fun times, and some scary and hilarious costumes over the years.
We didn’t even bother with candy this year. We haven’t got a single Trick-or-Treater for several years running now. Our street is mostly retired folks or people in High School. No kiddos to speak of. Also, they whack out the day for Trick-or-Treating every single year. Funny, when I was growing up, it was on… umm… HALLOWEEN. Not on Oct. 30th, or whatever. Since when does the city have the authority to set the time for celebration of a NATIONAL holiday? It’s like them telling you to celebrate Christmas 4 days early or late.

Trick-or-Treat hours for my area were originally listed from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM Today. Then, before the hurricane, they did an update and changed it to Saturday. That’s right… Nov fricking 3rd. Who Trick-or-Treats in NOVEMBER?!?

Now the question is, that since our area was unscathed by Sandy, which day is it? Today or Saturday?

Both. And that’s because half of the people won’t see the update and will bring their kids out today. The other half will be bringing their kids out on Nov 3rd and will expect you to have candy left.

I swear to God, the government could fuck up a bowl of cold cereal. (And since it’s Halloween, you can pick Booberry, Count Chocula, or Frankenberry!)

Anyway, I leave you with a pic of my lap minion. Who, as you can see, is very pumped up that it’s Halloween! 😉

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Why is Sandy Only a Category 1 Hurricane?

I’ve been following this closely, and I’d like to point out a few things that I haven’t seen anyone else point out yet.

Sandy has the classification of a Category One Hurricane. This is based solely on it’s wind speed of 90mph.

But let’s take a look at the other current features.

It has the projected Damage Category of a Cat 3. Hurricane (Extensive)

It has the Approximate Pressure of a Cat 4 Hurricane (940 mb)

It has the Storm Surge of a Cat 3 Hurricane (11 feet)

So, in short, other than wind speed, it has all the makings of a Cat 3 – Cat 4 Hurricane, and may be even MORE destructive as it’s slated to ‘stall out’ for a while over central PA for almost a day before moving on. Giving it plenty of time to cause flood damage, downed trees, and all kinds of other widespread devastation.

Do not underestimate this hurricane just because it’s being called a ‘Category 1 Hurricane’.

You’ve never seen, or been, through a storm like this before.

Also, they are saying that on a destructive scale of 6.0, the storm surge of Sandy (just the hurricane, and not even the combo storm) will be a 5.8.

http://news.yahoo.com/sandy-storm-surge-pose-worst-case-scenario-201317558.html

Think on that a while.

Stay safe, everyone.

~Janos

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