Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - Sept 16, 2023
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Farm update - its been a while. Lots of changes, yet very much the same - a dance with natural cycles.
Officially calling the property a farm not a ranch since the last of the cattle left in January. Only have a couple of old sheep, donkeys and too many roosters for the hens. The last 3 years been focusing effort on a transition to more vegetative production and less winter responsibility of livestock.
Several of the fruit and nut trees planted 5 years ago yielded their small first crop; apricots, peaches, almonds and pears. The older trees are keeping by busy processing fruit; transparent apple, asian pears and 2 varieties of plums. The greenhouse fig, lemon and lime trees also did well.
Fresh berries started out with strawberries in June. The season has moved through black caps, raspberries, blue berries, blackberries and the strawberries are blooming again.
Planting edible perennials has minimized the problem of guessing the best time to plant. Egyptian onions are available 10 months of the year to clip to add to a dish. Sunchokes do not freeze are left in the ground until ready to use. Always ready for the fresh asparagus shoots in the spring. The patch is large enough now can select one or two plants to harvest past normal range and let them have a year off to recover. Mushrooms showed up again this year. Herb garden includes 3 varieties of sage, chives, garlic, savory, chrysanthemums, a few mint varieties, a self seeding parsley bed, saffron crocus, stevia and thyme. This partial list is getting longer than I realized.
Most of the annual vegetables planted range between 30 to 70 days to harvest. If a frost hits provides time to replant. summer and winter squash, lettuce still harvesting, radishes several small plantings, egg plants, brussel sprouts, kale and beans. This year did not plant those few seeds requiring a longer grow time for a special treat.
Some of the coppiced trees are ready to harvest. Once the weather cools down and comfortable to work in long sleeves will start on wood fuel and fence posts.
Next year the irrigation redesign should be completed. It has taken a little longer than planned. To keep costs controllable bought used equipment and modified. Daily routine of moving irrigation pipes across fields is becoming history.
A thoughtful discussion on viewing history from the viewpoint of agricultural knowledge vs urban university study. Then morphs into discussion of modern US issues. Since not a regular watcher of Fox did not realize Victor Davis Hanson is a contributor to the channel. It does not change the thoughtfulness of his ideas.
A Classicist Farmer: The Life and Times of Victor Davis Hanson | Uncommon Knowledge
Hoover Institution (1:07:02 min - starts at 26:30)
California To Drop 'Medical Misinformation' Law After Judge Blasts 'Dramatic Examples' Zerohedge Sept 14, 2023
California has quietly announced it's ditching Gov. Gavin Newsom's draconian 'Covid-19 medical misinformation' law, which would threaten the licenses of doctors who don't agree with "scientific consensus" on various issues.
The law, AB 2098, was signed into law by Newsom last year. In response, five doctors alleged it to be unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the US constitution.
Younes, the lawyer in the Hoeg case, told JTN that it's not clear whether the repeal provision is related to a 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals hearing in a different lawsuit that went 'very badly for the state.' Five days before that hearing, the provision to drop the law wasn't in a July 12 version of the bill.
Kim Jong-un 2019 visit to Russia included a 2 hour meeting with Putin, with discussions of nuclear disarmament and an extra day as a tourist visiting the local aquarium. This time was very different.
Kim Jong-un inspects Russia’s hypersonic weapons Russia Times Sept 16, 2023
Kim arrived in Russia by train on Tuesday for his first visit since 2019. He toured the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Region with Vladimir Putin and held a round of talks with the Russian president. On Friday, the North Korean leader visited military and civilian aviation plants in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Khabarovsk Region.
On Friday, the North Korean leader visited military and civilian aviation pants in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Khabarovsk Region.
In Vladivostok, the Russian Far East rises The Cradle by Pepe Escobar Sept 14, 2023
Russian President Vladimir Putin opened and closed his quite detailed address to the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok with a resounding message: “The Far East is Russia’s strategic priority for the entire 21st century.”
The development possibilities of what is in effect Russian Asia, and one of the key nodes of Asia-Pacific, are literally mind-boggling. Data from the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic - confirmed by several of the most eye-catching panels during the Forum - list a whopping 2,800 investment projects underway, 646 of which are already up and running, complete with the creation of several international Advanced Special Economic Zones (ASEZ) and the expansion of the Free Port of Vladivostok, home to several hundred small and midsize enterprises (SMEs).
All that goes way beyond Russia’s “pivot to the East" which was announced by Putin in 2012, two years before the Maidan events in Kiev.
In his speech, Putin stressed how the rate of investment in the Far East is three times the Russian region average; how the Far East is only 35 percent explored, with unlimited potential for natural resource industries; how the Power of Siberia and Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok gas pipelines will be connected; and how by 2030, liquified natural gas (LNG) production in the Russian Arctic will triple.
All that transpired in Vladivostok connects directly to the much-ballyhooed visit by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. The timing was a beauty; after all the Primorsky Krai region in the Far East is an immediate neighbor to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Putin emphasized that Russia and the DPRK are developing several joint projects in transportation, communications, logistics, and naval sectors. So much more than military and space matters amicably discussed by Putin and Kim, the heart of the matter is geoeconomics: a trilateral Russia-China-DPRK cooperation, with the distinct outcome of increased container traffic transiting through the DPRK and the tantalizing possibility of DPRK rail reaching Vladivostok and then connecting deeper into Eurasia via the Trans-Siberian line.
May have watched this when highlighted in an Evening Blues this week. This is the best summary I have seen on Professor Sachs' personal experience with US government bureaucrats and politicians.
CIA Manipulation of Public Opinion w/Jeffrey Sachs (27:32 min) July 13, 2023
Now we are getting to the real issue of multiple intelligence agencies, not just the CIA. It provides opportunity for competition, deniability and continual deflecting "bad behavior" to the other agency.
More US Intel Errors - Intel Roundtable w/Larry Johnson & Ray McGovern (27:20 min) July 15, 2023
The livestream videos this week by Judge Napolitano channel ongoing discussions regarding current Ukraine/Russia conflict. The interviews are generally posted on Monday through Friday if would like to view them in a more timely manner. The link opens in the LIVE column, occasionally an interview only appears in VIDEOS section.
What is on your mind today?