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🚨 The Pittsburgh attacker held Jews responsible for white people suffering 🚨 The Jersey attacker held Jews responsible for black people suffering  🚨The Colleyville attacker held Jews responsible for Muslim people suffering All believed myths of Jewish power and conspiracies
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Indigo 7A // אשר; Moderna 3x retweeted
Sometimes I feel like people don’t see me as “Jewish enough” yet to be so deeply affected by what happened yesterday. But it’s mostly from people who aren’t Jewish and don’t seem to understand how this felt to all Jews — even, and maybe especially, to “new” Jews.
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Alright here’s one. Composting… we have been composting in some way for years. Actually in our case we feed appropriate scraps to our chickens who seem to love them. We can’t give them avocado, a few other things (spicy stuff) but they get a more diverse diet and we get 🥚
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This bin is new to us after the last one busted (we had that one for 6? years) and it does a great job of locking smells in. We bring it out to the birds once or twice a day. you can compost on a balcony or backyard. There are excellent videos on apartment composting too.
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If you are composting stay away from meat and dairy, stick with veggies and fruits for the most part.
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Someday I’d love to grow worms, but as it is we can pretty much pull them from our raised beds we fill with broken down paca poop in the spring
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Anyway, composting is super easy with just a bit of effort. It’s become second nature to us and it’s now weird when we go somewhere and have to throw food out
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oh, here are a few more thoughts - ever cut your own hair? have pets you brush? hair and fur is compostable. in fact it's kinda a good variety layer, too. I guess I should talk more about our outdoor composting? we have a small farm and yard, and we compost..
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the chicken shavings, hay that hasn't been eaten by the boys, leaves, twigs, and weeds from around the yard. so we usually have two stages of composted stuff, the "newer" pile and the "older" pile which get started in the spring, the older pile has been out in the elements
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so we can just take soil from it. the newer piles need a good year (all summer + a winter) and you can kinda tell when it's ready to be put to some purpose, or it has just broken down enough.
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alright, time for mentioning something else. Did you know there is a difference between *detergent* and *soap*? There is, and most of us have detergent for our dishwashers and our laundry. Detergent is considered an artificial soap. petroleumservicecompany.com/…
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Detergents came about during/after WWII when various materials were short, including natural sources for fats which is necessary for soap. Most mass produced detergents are made from products with a petroleum base. So, in your home try switching things up to natural soaps.
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I'll be honest, we haven't had much luck with natural dishwasher soaps - but I ought to give them another try now that we have a modern dishwasher for a year, maybe the natural variants have improved since my last try also.
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For laundry, however, I use Charlie's Soap, which is a powder form naturally derived cleaner, that has always worked well for me with blood, pee, oils, dirt, ash, and various other farmy things we tend to get on stuff. We *do* have detergent pods, and I do use it sometimes.
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But I can washing a ton of stuff with Charlie's and it's very economical. I buy a 300 load bag which lasts our house I'd say a year and a half. We do an average of one load a day. And it's that much less big plastic bottle and petroleum based detergent out there.
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incidently I have used Charlies soap in the dishwasher when we've run out before, and it worked great, but as it's not designed for that I'm hesitant to do that on a regular basis. Charlie's also makes household cleaners we use, and regular soap too.
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There are a ton of non petroleum soaps out there. What are your favorites? Does anyone have a good actual dishwasher soap recommendation?
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And on the subject of drying, we use natural wool dryer balls to help with drying. They create more air between stuff as it flies around, and reduce static. I buy a six pack once a year and over time trade out the old balls that are breaking down. They do end up in sleeves a lot.
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