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graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
May 12, 2011 - 07:50pm PT
Attention, shoppers: Stop picking up dead "Babes" and "Wilburs" at the grocery store! Here are our top 10 reasons to keep pork off your fork and put delicious Babe-free alternatives on your shopping list instead.

1. Porking You Up
It's a fact—ham, sausage, and bacon strips will go right to your hips. Eating pork products, which are loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat, is a good way to increase your waistline and increase your chances of developing deadly diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, asthma, and impotence. Research has shown that vegetarians are 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease, and they have 40 percent of the cancer rate of meat-eaters. Plus, meat-eaters are nine times more likely to be obese than pure vegetarians are.



2. Pigs Have Feelings Too
Ninety-seven percent of pigs in the United States today are raised in factory farms, where they will never run across sprawling pastures, bask in the sun, breathe fresh air, or do anything else that comes naturally to them. Crowded into warehouses with nothing to do and nowhere to go, they are kept on a steady diet of drugs to keep them alive and make them grow faster, but the drugs cause many of the animals to become crippled under their own bulk.



3. Pigs and Playstations

Think that you can outplay a pig on your Playstation? You may be surprised. According to research, pigs are much smarter than dogs, and they even do better at video games than some primates. In fact, pigs are extremely clever animals who form complex social networks and have excellent memories. Eating a pig is like eating your dog! As actor Cameron Diaz put it after hearing that pigs have the mental capacities of a 3-year-old human: "[Eating bacon is] like eating my niece!



4. Pigs Prefer Mud, Not Crud
Pigs are actually very clean animals. If they are given sufficient space, pigs are careful not to soil the areas where they sleep or eat. And forget the silly saying "sweating like a pig"—pigs can't even sweat! That's why they bathe in water or mud to cool off. But in factory farms, they're forced to live in their own feces and vomit and even amid the corpses of other pigs. Conditions are so filthy that at any given time, more than one-quarter of pigs suffer from mange—think of your worst case of poison ivy, and imagine having to suffer from it for the rest of your life.



5. Farming Family Values
Factory farms are pure hell for pigs and their babies. Mother pigs spend most of their lives in tiny "gestation" crates, which are so small that the animals are unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably. They are repeatedly impregnated until they are slaughtered. Piglets, who are taken away from their distraught mothers after just a few weeks, have their tails chopped off, their teeth are clipped off with pliers, and the males are castrated—all without painkillers.



6. The Manure Is Blowing in the Wind …
A pig farm with 5,000 animals produces as much fecal waste as a city of 50,000 people. In 1995, 25 million gallons of putrid hog urine and feces spilled into a North Carolina river, immediately killing between 10 and 14 million fish. To get around water pollution limits, factory farms will frequently take the tons of urine and feces that are stored in cesspools and turn them into liquid waste that they spray into the air. This manure-filled mist is carried away by the wind and inhaled by the people who live nearby.



7. Bacteria-Laden Bacon and Harmful Ham
Extremely crowded conditions, poor ventilation, and filth in factory farms cause such rampant disease in pigs that 70 percent of them have pneumonia by the time they're sent to the slaughterhouse. In order to keep pigs alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them and to promote unnaturally fast growth, the industry keeps pigs on a steady diet of the antibiotics that we depend on to treat human illnesses. This overuse of antibiotics has led to the development of "superbacteria," or antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. The ham, bacon, and sausage that you're eating may make the drugs that your doctor prescribes the next time you get sick completely ineffective.



8. Hell on Wheels
More than 170,000 pigs die in transport each year, and more than 420,000 are crippled by the time they arrive at the slaughterhouse. Transport trucks, which carry pigs hundreds of miles through all weather extremes with no food or water, regularly flip over, throwing injured and dying animals onto the road. These terrified and injured animals are rarely offered veterinary care, and most languish in pain for hours; some even bleed to death on the side of the road. After an accident in April 2005, Smithfield spokesperson Jerry Hostetter told one reporter, "I hate to admit it, but it happens all the time."



9. Killing Them Without Kindness
A typical slaughterhouse kills up to 1,100 pigs every hour, which makes it impossible for them to be given humane, painless deaths. The U.S. Department of Agriculture documented 14 humane slaughter violations at one processing plant, where inspectors found hogs who "were walking and squealing after being stunned [with a stun gun] as many as four times." Because of improper stunning methods and extremely fast line speeds, many pigs are still alive when they are dumped into scalding-hot hair-removal tanks—they literally drown in scalding-hot water.



10. Ditch the Bacon and Get Fakin'
Save pigs from hell and yourself from bad health by feasting on faux pork products instead. Stuff a sandwich full of Yves brand veggie ham slices, or throw some Lightlife Smart Bacon into a sizzling skillet—the freezer and "health food" sections of your local grocery or health food stores are packed full of these and other tasty substitutes.

graniteclimber

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
May 12, 2011 - 07:56pm PT
You are what you eat.







The love affair starts like this:































But it ends like this:
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Aug 3, 2011 - 10:00pm PT
Bacon Related Video: (classic)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw
Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
Aug 5, 2011 - 09:18am PT
This stuff is pretty good to munch at a belay ledge:

http://www.stupid.com/fun/GMYB.html
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Aug 5, 2011 - 10:18am PT
Ho hum, yada yada yada-I think it is time for a good cup of Joe, brush my teeth and get to work.
Credit: guido
mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Aug 5, 2011 - 03:14pm PT
Word has it that Half Dome makes a mean BLT. Just sayin'.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 5, 2011 - 05:46pm PT
Made the best BLT last night.

A big really ripe Beefsteak Tomato straight from the Obamagarden.

Toasted Potato Bread

Gud thick cut Maple Bacon cooked on a rack in the oven @ 425 for half an hour.


The second crop of Green Beans is starting to produce. not to long till we have those steamed with.

BACON!
S.Leeper

Sport climber
Pflugerville, Texas
Aug 5, 2011 - 06:33pm PT
Attention, shoppers: Stop picking up dead "Babes" and "Wilburs" at the grocery store! Here are our top 10 reasons to keep pork off your fork and put delicious Babe-free alternatives on your shopping list instead.

1. Porking You Up
...

10. Ditch the Bacon and Get Fakin'
Save pigs from hell and yourself from bad health by feasting on faux pork products instead. Stuff a sandwich full of Yves brand veggie ham slices, or throw some Lightlife Smart Bacon into a sizzling skillet—the freezer and "health food" sections of your local grocery or health food stores are packed full of these and other tasty substitutes.


All great reasons to avoid pork, and meat in general!

tfpu
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Aug 5, 2011 - 07:35pm PT
Hey!
Spider's youtube link is FUNNY!!
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
SoCal
Aug 5, 2011 - 08:03pm PT
FACT: PEOPLE WHO EAT FAKE MEAT .... NEED ... something!!!

This includes fake bacon made with bird meat, or vegetable matter.

Fake meat is like that plastic blow up doll thing Locker always posts.



The swine is divine.

When I pass from this body I plan to have it ground up and fed to swine so I can give back to the divine creatures.
locker

Social climber
CO
Aug 5, 2011 - 08:05pm PT


"Fake meat is like that plastic blow up doll thing Locker always posts."...

You're insulting my DATE...

NOT COOL!!!...

;-/

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Aug 5, 2011 - 08:49pm PT
One of the best things about bacon is that perfume it leaves in the house for a couple of days.

Want to torture a vegan?


Cook some bacon up wind!
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Aug 22, 2011 - 04:52pm PT
Fire breathing bacon fry

I don't know what the iron is for
but I think the stethescope was to check vital signs
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
Aug 22, 2011 - 04:57pm PT
That looks a bit like Ranger Gord. Maybe his brother?
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Nov 5, 2011 - 09:44pm PT
Wes, Bacon might have been too lean. You'll still get a good seasoning out of it.

I suggest put a little water in there and bring it to a boil, let it soak a little then carefully scrape with a metal spatula.

You may need to eat bacon several mornings in a row to get the seasoning just right.
Phil_B

Social climber
Hercules, CA
Nov 17, 2011 - 01:58pm PT
OK, what started out as a 4/1 prank has apparently come to fruition:

http://www.baconlube.com

Yep, bacon flavored lube.

What'll they think of next. . .
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Nov 17, 2011 - 02:07pm PT
Wes, I cook bacon in cast iron skillets. My guess is you started out with the heat too high. You have to start out at medium heat, let the fat render, and then it'll start frying in it's rendered fat. Once you've cooked a few pieces and have a layer of liquid grease on the bottom, cooking additional pieces is much easier.
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Nov 17, 2011 - 02:24pm PT
When Petch and I put up It's Better With Bacon on the Hogsback at Lover's Leap, I was not quite sure I liked the name (Petch came up with it). But that was when i mostly just ate Butterfingers. Since then I have come to respect the powerful good taste-yness of bacon. Thank you Petch for letting me be associated with such a good route name, you had wisdom I did not recognize at the time.
Murzerker

Social climber
Land of Goats and Tacos
Nov 17, 2011 - 02:28pm PT
Ah yeah...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8vesMilyAU&feature=related
mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Nov 18, 2011 - 05:18pm PT
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