It's right on schedule. LIght rain clearing to a cloudy and windy day
with falling temperature. Predicted ±30° (-1,C) tonight; ±26° (-3,C)
tomorrow night. Fortunately, the chill will be short duration but,
naturally, the late "English" peas are in full bloom; showing just a few
tiny nascent pods. I guess that's the way it's 'sposed to be. Most
years yield at least _some_ nice fresh winter peas but this year's
"late" peas really were late: That is, late planted. Lows are expected
to be back to the more usual mid-50s midweek, though, so I'm covering in
hopes of saving the plants, if not the blossoms.
Same here. Predicted high in mid-40s tomorrow which probably will
keep me indoors, too! At least this little chlly spell should knock the
rest of the leaves off the trees, giving the garden here a few more
hours of afternoon sun.
i haven't been outside since last Sunday
other than to put something in the garage and
that was close enough. Ma shovelled yesterday
but it was pointless as the winds have filled
it all in again. probably will wait until
Wednesday to shovel again.
not much is moving around here on the roads
as i think they are saying if you aren't an
emergency vehicle or plow stay off the roads.
we've not seen a plow today and people have
been trying to go down our road and then backing
up because they can't get through.
wind chills will keep things very cold (-20F -
-35F) tonight and tomorrow. i'm glad i don't
have to be anywhere. later in the week we'll
get above freezing again. any garden plants are
well insulated under about 2ft of snow.
we're good! :)
today was the first day i got out and shoveled
a bit. the end of the drive was the usual snow plow
frozen mass of goodness. tonight will be cold again
but then things will warm up for a while, above
what you been up to?
Foxfire is a neat idea.
Just remember that the articles are reported by and thus filtered
through high school students. Back when I was one, I tried to follow
some of the woodworking information as provided by Foxfire, and it
didn't work out overly well. Decades later, I can see some gaping holes
in what was written .vs. what was actually being done, having learned a
thing or seventeen from other sources and experience...
Cats, coffee, chocolate...vices to live by
Please don't feed the trolls. Killfile and ignore them so they will go away.
yes, it is a project of reporting, describing, i have
other wood working books with much more detail and
descriptions. :) no worries as most of what i would
be interested in would be simple things needed in case
of "having to" as compared to now where i can armchair
any of it if i need to.
the same for about any other item in the books, they
are a basis for thinking and further reading points if
i need to.
when it becomes generally legal i expect they will
have the same type of regulations that they have for
the home brewers. i.e. small amounts ok, but if you
are selling it expect to be licensed and paying taxes.
me either, not on that topic...
i think i have that one around here some place. tried to
find it to see if it was the exact same book or not but i
can't find it ATM. ah well. :)
i still haven't seen that one or read the book. it's on
my someday list.
my guess is that things will change rapidly once
people have to make a choice between eating and
drinking and washing their cars or many other
wasteful things done with the current water supply.
something simple like using composting toilets
can save a huge amount of water, but that takes a
major change of mind set for some people and they
won't do it until forced or the generation changes
i'm past it now. doing fine. we took a walk today for
the first time in a few weeks. up and down the road a
few miles. nice to have a bit of sunshine and warmer
temperatures. then we got most of the ice off the drive
that hadn't finished melting yet.
we have mongrel squash, i have no idea where the
seeds are from or if they've bred true. very good
though with big meaty seeds. i've also got the seeds
from the acorn squash to propagate for next year too.
no, Mars is too close, i want to go to another earth
like planet in another solar system entirely. :) as i
am older and somewhat decrepit there is very little
chance anyone would take me. i can only daydream and
work on the problems of complete closed system growing
and nutrition. in the meantime i keep the birds, bees
and other critters happy.
ah, found it! yes, that's one of the references i
have here, a little dated as it was published around
1999... but not too bad compared to some of my
other references. i'm finding bits of it purely
delusionary, but that's just me. still a good
jumping off point for other references at the end
of each section. some references to the Foxfire
books in there too.
hahaha, curious, yeah, but also find it interesting to
read up about mountain folk as i did live in the hills
for a few years. and some things i read in their
interviews aren't mentioned in other references, so it
adds some depth or experience that i would not have
otherwise. just in case i actually ever have to do any
of these things.
i've not read through all of them yet, but each seems
to keep my interest enough to make them worth it.
right now i'm reading Zinn's _People's History..._ you
recommended to me last year. very interesting there too.
Yeah, the beginnings of modern politics. Talk one way, and act another.
History is a contentious subject. A national standard curriculum was
advocated in in the 80s in response to a study called a "A Nation at
Risk: The Imperative For Educational Reform". Most everything was agreed
to, except history. Some see history as Christian Europeans bringing
civilization to the unwashed masses, others, however, like Zinn, see the
contributions, good and bad, made by all people to history. The standard
curriculum was never ratified.
A good companion book to Zinn's "People's History" is "Lies My Teacher
Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" by James
From Publishers Weekly
Loewen's politically correct critique of 12 American history
textbooksincluding The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey and David
M. Kennedy; and Triumph of the American Nation by Paul Lewis Todd and
Merle Curtiis sure to please liberals and infuriate conservatives. In
condemning the way history is taught, he indicts everyone involved in
the enterprise: authors, publishers, adoption committees, parents and
teachers. Loewen (Mississippi: Conflict and Change) argues that the
bland, Eurocentric treatment of history bores most elementary and high
school students, who also find it irrelevant to their lives. To make
learning more compelling, Loewen urges authors, publishers and teachers
to highlight the drama inherent in history by presenting students with
different viewpoints and stressing that history is an ongoing process,
not merely a collection ofoften misleadingfactoids. Readers interested
in history, whether liberal or conservative, professional or layperson,
will find food for thought here. Illustrated.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
here, yes, i doubt however that in any other country
that there haven't been eras like this one with their
considering the issues involved i could see
why. the saddest things though to me are that
we could have had such an interesting country
otherwise, one that contained groups of people
who actually knew how to live off the land.
so much knowledge lost, languages and cultures
i've been reading a lot of history lately. time
to get back to basics. plants, dirt, critters,
science, etc. are up next. the title sounds
familiar and if it is much of a rehash i'll skip
it. as i told Ma, after reading through the anti-
slavery and civil war rhetoric, several presidential
biographies, and now almost done with Zinn's book,
i'm ready to ponder other topics. i'll continue on
with the Firefox books i've not read yet.
yes, here is an interesting one:
and another i'm waiting to download at the moment...
also, i did get the movie called _The Corporation_ that you
mentioned before, if you haven't already gotten ahold of the
2 disk special edition i suggest a review as there looks to be
some interesting material on there. ;)
ah, sorry, i already returned it, i'm not sure what
the date on it was, it was a two disk collection or
now that i've watched them, in retrospect, most of it
was rather much the same, only some of the links provided
were worth the time to look at. i guess i am not much
into advertizing ethics or some of the other issues, as
they did not really inform me any more than i'd already
in the film itself:
however, i do have to say that the water war footage
in (Guatamala i think it was) was rather stark. showing
a sniper, in plain clothes, calmly walking up to a line
of soldiers countering protestors, crouching down and
taking someone out, wow. just wow. caught on film, no
edits, no cuts away, just one sequence of film. cold
in the afterwards it is noted that Bechtel is seeking
damages of some amount from the country/government.
Yeah, that was Cochabamba, Bolivia, and it included the water that fell
from the sky. All the water belonged to Bechtel. Our Senator Feinstein's
husband sat on the board of directors of Bechtel.
In The Declaration of Independence it says, "for the support of this
Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine
Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and
our sacred Honor."
Then in the Pre-amble to the U.S. Constitution it says, "We the People
of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish
Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,
promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to
ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution
for the United States of America."
Maybe it's just me, but it looks like things got a little skewed-up. We
are we, until it comes to profit. Then it's mine, mine, mine.
The follow up to the original report is about 3 min. long.
The original segment from the film is about 5 min. long.
< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw5Fon_EjGw ?
In a few years, if you want a breath of fresh air, you'll be able to buy
it at a store.
We are hoping for a couple of hundredths of an inch more rain tonight.
Wish us luck.
Here we have a concept related to rainwater called 'harvestable right' . It
means that roughly 10% of the rain that falls on your land is yours to do
with as you wish, the rest must available for the environment or be allowed
to run down to the rivers for others to use. In practice it limits the size
of the dam you can build and the kind of waterway you can build it on. If
for example a permanent river crosses your land you can't dam that.
On top of that if you are on "permanent" fresh water, a river or lake, you
can pump from it (while it runs) without charge for 'bona fide domestic
purposes'. This includes stock watering, human consumption and gardens.
There is no specified limit to this in terms of volume although if you were
taking huge amounts somebody might come around and ask exactly what you are
doing with it. If you were irrigating on a commercial scale or selling it
you would be fined. If you want to irrigate on a commercial scale you have
to buy a water license.
Any attempt by government to take away any of these rights would have dire
consequences at the ballot box, as despite the fact that Oz is very urban
the cities have a romantic attachment to the 'bush' and a well organised
campaign by farmers would gather many votes.
For the small landholder and those running sheep or cattle this is a good
system. As for irrigators it seems they are never happy regardless of
government, policy, rainfall or anything else.
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