Open Thread 1-18-2018
The censorship worked.
Until the music videos of Buffy Sainte-Marie was included in a diary last week I was not aware of Buffy Sainte-Marie. Too young to for her record career and too old for Sesame Street performances. A strong example of a resilient person.
At the 23 minute mark Buffy Sainte-Marie discusses her opinion on the European invasion of the Americas and racism.
"We were attacked by gangs of alcoholics, who themselves were oppressed. By a feudal system that hit them before is ever got to us. There were serial killers on the thrones of Europe and nobody says it. There were serial killer on the thrones of Europe. That was what was going on in Europe. Ferdinand and Isabella, it was the inquisition and no one says it in native American Studies.
We were discovered during the Inquisition. It was the worst possible time for European people to be going around the world and meeting the indigenous people of the world. It was the worst possible timing. It was not because they were white. It was bad leadership. Every once and a while you can get bad leadership in a group.
That was what was going on. It takes the racism out of it. It was not that they were European. they were being oppressed by those same people. Their job was to come over and oppress indigenous people where they found them. They did not know. The same time in Europe, Henry the 8th was on the thrown. He did not just kill a few wives my friends. hundreds of thousands of people tortured, murdered because he wanted it In Eastern Europe, Vlad the Impaler was on the thrown when American Indians were discovered. Charming, Vlad the Impaler, that was Dracula. That is what happened and nobody says it.
Say it, because it takes the racism out of it, bad leadership. We need good leadership. We need it in our communities. We need it in our homes. We have a dysfunctional world. We can fix it. Good leadership, start it in the home, start it in the community. Teach it in the schools.
So how do we create a society that does not encourage becoming a soldier? Unstable employment, expensive education and few options for health care push individuals towards the military. Add the idea one is serving their country it appears to be a noble idea. It is not about disrespecting soldiers, but elevating peacemakers to at least the same value as we currently assign soldiers.
Ideas on growing food for others by sharing or bartering are being explored in different communities.
Forty percent of the food produced in the part of the planet we call the U.S. is wasted. Much of this waste ends up in landfills, where it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The food–climate nexus is a window into a deeply broken system; studying it -- and experimenting with alternative economics within our communities -- can reveal solutions that benefit everyone.
Consider the gift economy, brilliantly on display every Sunday in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California. Pancho Ramos-Stierle is a driving force behind this free community farm stand, FrutaGift, which is painted in the colors of the season.
For over six years, Ramos-Stierle and his friends have gone to a local farmers market after closing time to help farmers clean and pack up. Farmers began offering their unsold organic fruits and vegetables for Ramos-Stierle to bring to the people in his neighborhood. Using this produce, he and his friends cook a sumptuous vegan meal that they bring the following week to share with the tired workers. A circle is created; everyone benefits. There is bounty and gratitude.
This short pamphlet on Harveting and Storing of Fresh Vegetables is helpful for the garden, farmers market and grocery store. When buying at the grocery store I assume the fresh produce is at least 3 to 7 days old. Nonseasonal produce such as apples, winter squash and potatoes may have already been in storage for several weeks. Generally do not buy more than 1 month supply.
Pictures of nature and wild creatures take us away briefly from our trappings of modern life. One of my favorite reasons to read the Friday Photo Diary. Been checking out the sounds of birds at the Macaulay Library.
The effects of the longer days are effecting the animals. Egg production is starting to creep upwards. Separated last springs calves from cows yesterday. New calves are only a few weeks away.
Inventorying seeds to take advantage of specials from the seed catalogues. Curios thought, best discounts normally offered for January and February. In the South are discounts offered during your regional growing seasons?
Sky was clear earlier this week. Took the opportunity to snap a picture of Mt Jefferson with winter snow.
The excursion into the field did not go unnoticed.
Who knows, might have been standing on the best place to graze. They certainly needed to check it out.