Link Log for November 23

Malware issues didn’t even leave much time to go through five days’ backed-up e-mail. Here’s what I found so far. Categories: Animals, Food (Yuck), Food (Yum), Phenology Links, Politics, Privacy, Travel, Writing.


The Institute for Responsible Technology comments on the news from Food Democracy Now, below:

“The Atlantic Salmon Federation has expressed grave concerns about how natural food supplies and fish ecosystems could be disrupted should these new, voracious super-sized salmon accidentally escape into the wild.”

More at .


Wayne Muller, here writing for a nondenominational site:

Food (Yuck) 

From Food Democracy Now:

“Yesterday, officials in the Obama Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shocked Americans by opting to approve GMO salmon for human consumption here in the United States, where 90% of the population favors GMO labeling. This deeply flawed and irresponsible approval is an outrage and means that the first genetically engineered animal will soon be on the shelf in grocery stores and restaurants across the country.

And because of current U.S. law, these newly approved GMO Frankenfish will appear on your plate without you knowing it due to a lack of mandatory GMO labeling laws here in the U.S..

Help stop Monsanto’s desperate plan to kill states’ rights to label GMOs! – Tell your Senators and the President: “I support GMO labeling!” Every voice counts!

Tragically, Obama’s approval of AqauBounty’s genetically engineered salmon was done using only the company’s own shoddy scientific studies, which were so poorly designed they wouldn’t pass a 5th grade science fair.

For two of the studies submitted, AquaBounty used sample sizes so small that they have no scientific credibility, with only 12 fish tested for one study, while another study on possible allergic reactions in humans involved only 6 fish! Despite this scant evidence, the FDA approved AqauBounty’s GMO salmon anyway. Seriously?

This is so irresponsible it should be illegal! Unfortunately, if everyday people like us don’t stand up, we will soon be forced to eat these untested GMO Frankenfish because there are no laws that require mandatory GMO labeling.

Now U.S. Senate is Poised to Kill GMO Labeling Once and For All

Even worse than this new approval is the fact that yesterday, Politico reported that your Senators are close to a deal on possibly selling us out on GMO labeling once and for all.

Right now Monsanto lobbyists are scrambling to get your Senators to support efforts to kill GMO labeling and preempt states’ rights so food companies can avoid mandatory GMO labeling.

Even more alarming is the fact that Politico reported that some Senators may even go so far as to attach a rider to the end-of-year budget bill to create a voluntary GMO labeling standard to stomp out the GMO labeling movement once and for all.”

Food (Yum) 

Ben & Jerry’s promises a selection of dairy-free, almond-based ice cream:

And here’s a treat for the carnivores…

Phenology Links 

In the Deep South, goldenrod is still blooming. Not where I am…Gate City finally saw a killing frost this morning. (When I went out to feed the cats, the thermometer was showing 18 degrees Fahrenheit. On Saturday we were still enjoying T-shirt weather; on Sunday we all put on overcoats and prepared for snow, and instead we got a real, though brief, freeze.)


Hillary Rodham Clinton’s latest expression of brain damage is too easy a target for Jonah Goldberg’s talent, but I chortled…


If you distrust any mechanical device that’s alleged to be “smart,” on principle…a principle with which this web site agrees…you might be interested in this site:


Hawaii with the McDougalls, anyone? (This temporary link is meant to stop working after the retreat fills up, so use it now if it interests you.)


Whether you’re interested in her mystery novels or not (Edisto Jinx and others), Hope Clark does an awesome job of sharing links of interest to writers in this newsletter. Today’s issue is enhanced with Buff Orpingtons…not my favorite breed, but I have warm fuzzy feelings about all pet chickens…

Non-book-review cat:


Link Log for November 6

Categories: Animals, Fun Facts, Nature, Pictures, Politics, Writing.


Twitterers, do you, too, suspect that the original Ben and Jerry wouldn’t have needed to be told that God gave cows tails for a reason?

Fun Facts 

The essential calendar for all fun fact fans:


Not phenology, exactly…Maria Popova picks Goethe‘s brain and reprints five (English translations of) poems about clouds.

Here’s a belated phenology photo. I snapped this Annual Cicada’s picture in September but didn’t e-mail it to the computer until I e-mailed Wednesday’s doll picture…no extra charge for uploading it now.

More pictures here; this article by +Barbara Radisavljevic reminds me of Piers Anthony’s Shade of the Tree, a delightful book I’ve reread several times…


Remembering Gordon Parks…(Warning: it’s pictures, so, duh, it may foul up slower computers.)


Rush Limbaugh takes credit for making the Illiberal Left as illiberal as they are today…

Jonah Goldberg explains the difference between conservatives and libertarians.


Can any creative work remain independent of sponsors? Well…I have a nice ad-free Blogspot blog that I’ve maintained for years, and there’s been no online response to its “Last Post?” I’ve worked with the assumption that at least equal numbers of the Blogspot’s regular readers like it and hate it. (Blogspot reports these things; I know for sure, and have known since the first few months of the Blogspot, that some regular readers do hate it.) Maybe all of them hate it. I received complaints that people weren’t able to comment on the Blogspot using the regular Blogger comments system. I installed Disqus for those people. Still no intelligent comments. So, nobody’s getting paid to interact on Blogspot/Blogger/Google+, so evidently nobody wants to interact there, so hosting the nice ad-free (and computer-memory-friendly) Blogspot is a waste of time. Too bad; it’s been fun and all that. I logged into Blogjob hoping to see lovely content-supportive Prosper Ads, and what I saw was an obnoxious pop-up “personalized ad” from Amazon. Icky. But I do see evidence that people are reading the Blogjob posts.

Does everyone need to write a novel for National Novel Writing Month? Maybe. (I’ve written about a dozen full-length novels.) But do those novels need to be published? Maybe not. (None of mine’s even been submitted to a publisher, unless we count a prank parody novel I sent to a publisher on a dare bet when I was fifteen.)