Monday, May 31, 2010
The Irish humanitarian aid ship Rachel Corrie was attacked along with five other ships in the flotilla. The Rachel Corrie was named after American activist Rachel Corrie who was killed by Israeli Defense Forces as she tried to protect a Palestinian home.
We need to stop supporting the Israeli government. The Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip is a war crime. It needs to end.
Update: I am not sure witch ships were attacked Juan Cole is reporting it was the Turkish ship Marmara. His post is worth reading.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
A Swiss rambler, 47, struck a blow for freedom yesterday when he went to court to uphold his right to roam the Alps in his birthday suit.
A court in the canton of Appenzell — famous for its cheese and stunning vistas — found itself in the glare of the world’s media as it heard the rambler’s appeal against a fine for baring all on the peaks.
The man, unnamed to protect his privacy, had refused to pay a SwFr100 (£60) fine after he was caught walking in nothing more than his boots. His case is seen as a landmark for nudist rights across Europe.
In this country they wuld probably charge you as a sex offender.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Artisanal food Is helping the economy in Hardwick VT.
Fermentation is our friend. Vanilla beans need to be fermented to gain it's wonderful aroma. Fruit vinegars. Wines of Argentina come of age. Texas is the fifth largest producer of wine in the US. Quick name the four states that produce more. Jill makes sauerkraut.
Marion Nestle has a good round up of articles discussing the problems of small meat producers.
Haitian farmers vow to burn Monsanto's Genetically modified seeds.
Grocery stores segregated by peoples weight. Not fatties at Whole Foods.
Bone Marrow Pizza.
Anthony Bordain calls the Tea Partiers, "a lot of marginal, very angry white people." With video.
Monday, May 24, 2010
California farmers are donating to AR's Blanche Lincoln. They know who butters their bread.
Good news for small farm producers in New York. They are got a mobile slaughter house.
Research is being done with African rice to increase yields. Most breeding modifications have been done with Asian rice. African rice yields only about 40% of Asian rice. None too soon, I say.
Why does asparagus make make your .... well you know.
From the Pentagon: how to make a brownie in 26 pages.
Who knew cherry blossoms were edible?
Oil Slick cake. Thanks BP.
If some scientists, who say BP and the U.S. Coast Guard are underestimating how much oil is leaking now, are right, the current gusher could easily eclipse the demise of Ixtoc I in the Bay of Campeche. By their count, instead of the 210,000 gallons leaking per day, it's more like 4 million.
``Everybody keeps saying the spill in the Gulf is unprecedented,'' said geologist John Amos, president and founder of SkyTruth, a nonprofit that investigates environmental issues using satellite images. ``That is such bull----t. We had perfect precedence.''
THE IXTOC I
When the Ixtoc I burst into flames on June, 3, 1979, Wes Tunnell and other researchers had to figure out how long it would take the current to carry the oil, in one form or another, 600 miles to south Texas.
``We projected that it would reach the Texas coast in about two months. It exactly did,'' he said. By August, ``it coated the Texas beaches in a ribbon of oil 30 to 50 feet in width from Rio Grande to Port Aransas.''
Sunday, May 23, 2010
For those saddened by the scenes of thick oil washing into Louisiana's coastal wetlands a month after the BP oil disaster began, experts on oil spills and the coastal ecosystem have some advice: Get used to it.
The crews mopping up oil on beaches and marsh shorelines this week are fighting just the first of what will probably be a series of rolling skirmishes that will last for months, if not years -- even after the runaway well is finally capped. In fact, the untold millions of gallons of oil already fouling the Gulf off the Louisiana coast could stay in the area for at least a decade, and on the sea floor for more than 100 years.
Friday, May 21, 2010
McClatchy is reporting that it may be 19 times larger than has been reported.
The latest glimpse of video footage of the oil spill deep under the Gulf of Mexico indicates that around 95,000 barrels, or 4 million gallons, a day of crude oil may be spewing from the leaking wellhead, 19 times the previous estimate, an engineering professor told Congress Wednesday.
Now lets get out our handy NPR oil gusher calculator.
If you adjust the leak meter to 4 million you will find that as of Thursday morning BP has leaked 129 million gallons and counting or more than ten Exxon Valdez spills.
The Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove State Forest(PA} has reassembled this shelter in the museum.
The resurrection of the Earl Shaffer Shelter is nearing its completion inside the soon-to-open Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
The three-sided log structure, which sheltered Appalachian Trail hikers atop Peters Mountain for over 40 years before it was dismantled two years ago, will be a centerpiece exhibit in the museum, set to open on June 5 in conjunction with National Trails Day.The over 50 pieces of the last remaining hiker shelter built by Earl Shaffer, the York-area native who in 1948 became the first man to complete the entire Appalachian Trail in one hike
I spent the night in this shelter in my 2001 thru-hike.