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spicknspangled

Member since Jul 2017 • Last active Jan 2022

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    Still looking!

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    If the shamals are still available I can come and collect this afternoon!

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    Still looking, anyone got bits in the parts box?

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    As in the title, I'm on the hunt for a left hand 165mm jis taper crank as the taper on mine is now trashed. If anyone has one kicking about please let me know!

    Would also consider a full crankset but this is for the rattiest of ratbikes so trying to keep it as cheap as poss ideally.

    Thanks

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    I was gassed to finally find some stropharia aeruginosa earlier, been trying to find some for a few years now

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    Hmm - I’m not convinced about that as I’m sure that Amanita phalloides fried up with some garlic and parsley would be delicious. I wouldn’t rely on taste as a diagnostic for toxicity

    Yes this obviously goes into the 'you've seriously fucked up category'. I'm not at all suggesting taste as a diagnostic for toxicity, but there are so many cases where taste is a diagnostic for ID such a number of Russula species which require reagent and microscopy testing for a firm ID otherwise. A tiny nibble of pretty much any mushroom in existence is not gonna do any harm with the obvious exception of phalloides/virosa yet can often be hugely beneficial in ascertaining an exact ID.

    Gordon Wasson's argument for mycophile/mycophobe cultures I think has a lot of validity, the attitudes in the UK being a huge part of it, there is such a general culture of fear which I think is so often unjustified.

    I think a really nice parallel is berry foraging- yes you could accidentally eat some nightshade thinking they're blueberries, but to call someone out every time they go blackberrying with the 'you're going to kill yourself' idea is obviously hyper paranoid and not constructive at all.

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    Legitimately toxic meant in the context of likely to be fatal, of which there only a handful of species. And Pantherina's can be eaten fresh, the same as muscaria, but better psychoactive effects with reduction of side effects does come from drying/processing in some way/brewing into a tea etc.

    And I'm not meaning to encourage rogue eating of whatever wild mushrooms can be found in the slightest, I just disagree with the general level of phobia often associated with mushrooms and the initial assumption that it's a wild mushroom, so it'll probably kill you. The vast majority of 'inedible' species either taste like shit, have a horrible texture, or will make you feel rough - you have to seriously fuck up to be at any real risk of dying or being hospitalised from wild mushrooms.

    The biggest risk these days - in London at least - comes from enforcement of the prohibitive laws preventing foraging, hence why far more news articles cover prosecution of foragers rather than fatal mushroom incidents (at least as far as I've seen).

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    Yeah there are very few mushrooms with the ability to kill a healthy individual, pretty much only amanita phalloides and virosa with any certainty and some of the Galerina species, but those are pretty rare in the UK. Plenty that'll do some serious damage but won't kill you and absolutely loads that'll cause some gastric distress/other mild symptoms.

    Interesting that the woodland trust lists those 7 as pantherina's aren't toxic but instead are a highly potent psychoactive species. Again, it's this kind of thing which further confuses the situation as there are plenty of psychoactive species are listed as poisonous thanks to old school ways of perceiving things/assuming that having your world distorted is a case of poisoning.

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    To add to the edibility discussion, I think there's a huge degree of unwarranted paranoia surrounding mushrooms and fungi in general. Whilst it's better to err on the side of caution, there's only a couple mushrooms in this country that are legitimately toxic.

    On the flip side a lot of mushrooms can be properly identified with a little nibble and there are so many species with incredibly distinct taste when raw, allowing an ID without the need for reagent tasting (as is the case with a ton of Russula species). The majority of inedible mushrooms just taste like shit or are likely to give some gastric distress, which is also the case for some known edibles. Plenty of people are known to have adverse reactions to wild mushrooms which are seen as choice edibles.

    There's a really interesting passage in one of Paul Stamets' books where he discusses this topic and his excitement at every species with 'edibility: unknown' in ID books. His view was that someone's gotta find these answers and new choice edible or psychoactive species could be found along the way.

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