Link Log for November 25-28

Although I’m scheduling some content to appear on Blogjob over the holidays, I don’t plan to be live online again this week, so here’s the final Link Log. Categories: Books, Food (Yuck), Phenology, Politics, Technology. (The Food links are yucky but they might help you save someone’s life.)


Maria Popova reviews an American classic, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey:

This one is specifically for Catholics, but Protestants might want to check it out too–How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice by Kathryn Lopez. (The link that came in the e-mail may be for a newer edition than the Amazon link.)

Civil Rights 

Feds beware…the Hammonds have ever so much more potential popular appeal than David Koresh, Rodney King, or Randy Weaver. And the young seem much more restless than my generation were back then…maybe because the Welfare State hadn’t totally destroyed the economy, back then, so nearly all of us were focussed on doing our jobs!

Food (Yuck) 

As if you hadn’t already read enough reasons to avoid anything containing corn or rice, now that so many corn and rice products, even Success Brown Rice, contain enough “Roundup-Ready” (GMO) rice to make me feel sick and send some people to the hospital…

Are any farmers reading this? Y’might want to invest in another mule!

Is there a cure for the damage glyphosate has done? Jeffrey Smith has a hope…


Y’know…I think the whole idea of trying to measure global temperatures may be flawed. It’s just too weird to read that an El Nino (Spanish: lower-case, would mean “the little boy”; upper-case, means “weird weather”) year, in which my part of the world set records for cold winter weather, for heavy snow sticking on the ground for weeks and deep freezes and mass deaths-from-freezing of wildlife that normally survive our winters, followed by a very long and mellow spring and a very mild summer and a mild, slow autumn, was “the hottest on record.” Mercy, Maud, I want to shout, where were you? 1986 was a hot year. 1987 was a hot year. 2015 was a cool year…where I was. Even if the cheaper kind of mercury-based thermometers were literally blowing their tops if placed on sidewalks in Baghdad.

Steve Milloy shared this NYTimes link (you’re warned; sorry if it crashes your browser) as a joke, with the suggestion that certain “researchers” are planning to fabricate the weather reports that’ll make 2016 seem even hotter than 2015. Well…if you crunch honest numbers in certain ways, you get any kind of statistical results you want. That’s not exactly news. To the extent that El Nino is a weather pattern, it seems to be followed by a backlash some call La Nina…this web site will know that that’s true if we’re cooking on the sidewalks of Kingsport next summer, while Baghdadis parade around in long-sleeved shirts in July.

And La Nina may be approaching. Here it is the day before Thanksgiving, and although I have turned on the heater in the office room, I left it turned off when I headed out in the T-shirt-dress I’m wearing now. The ground froze last night and the night before, but thawed into squidginess in the afternoon sun–it’s squidgy outside by now, and not uncomfortable if you step outside without a coat and move briskly.


But the convoluted reasoning ascribed to the President here…

…makes him sound either less intelligent or more un-American than he is, which, I believe, is really trop fort. It is convoluted, and unlikely enough to remain hypothetical, but, for young Twits who haven’t been following the issue…ISIS is part of the general craziness in the Middle East, as was Al-Qaeda, as was the P.L.O. The craziness in the Middle East is caused by too many people wanting to own land that contains oil, even though it doesn’t contain enough water for all of them to live on or near it. Reducing the global demand for oil would (a) reduce these people’s desire to live in the same place and (b) reduce their ability to amass lethal weapons to fight over it. (See Bill Maher‘s When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden, although that was meant to be controversial entertainment too.) In theory, if we all wanted to get serious about using less petroleum, it would dampen all the craziness in the Middle East. Maybe even dampen the land and give people living there access to a decent quantity and quality of water. That is, of course, postulating that if you or I walk to the post office somebody else won’t drive to the post office, drive back, and then insist on offering us a lift to the post office, thereby doubling his petroleum consumption and offsetting our reduction of the same. Anyway, the President wasn’t saying that solar panels will stop bombs. They won’t. He knows that. All people our age know what he meant. He simply expected that youall had heard all of this explained over the past fifty years, too.

(Yes…for those who wonder…not only can people who Twitter be called Twits, with the capital T, but some controversial organizations and high-profile celebrities now demand that those following them on Twitter confirm that we’re Real Twits.)

For U.S. readers, here’s a post by Publius Huldah:


More about the “bugs” in the emerging technology of electric cars…(Apologies for the NYTimes link, but it behaved fairly well on this fairly old, fairly small laptop, so it’ll probably work for most readers. Sort of.)

Non-book-review cat, also from Morguefile:


Link Log for November 24

Lots of food-related links today…everyone must be thinking of Thanksgiving dinners! Categories: Animals, Books, Crafts, Food (Yuck), Food (Yum), Fun Stuff, Reader Feedback, Technology, Writing.


Polar bear pictures…

Total cuteness overdose:


Another book review at Blogjob.

Here’s one I’ve not seen in the real world yet, but I’m looking forward to it…Feisty and Feminine, by Penny Nance. (Not an endorsement–I want to read it.)


At any age, actually: if you’re thinking about getting married, knit or crochet a wedding gown. If you’re still in love by the time it’s ready to wear, the marriage might stand a chance…

Food (Yuck) 

This unusual, unlikely scenario is the one the gene splicers seem to think reflects the real world…anyway, this painting will remind you of The Less Fortunate, for sure.

Here’s the dismal documentary of what the gene splicers are doing to the real world…

Food (Yum) 

How “Kung Pao Chicken” recipes have travelled around the world…(yes, the link says “General Tso’s Chicken,” but the article is about “Kung Pao Chicken”).

Yes, (some) authentic Asian food does use wheat flour; wheat thrives in colder climates than rice. These cookies aren’t gluten-free. (No problem if you want to serve them at a meal to which I’m invited. I’ll just eat the leftover cashews, thanks.)

Gluten-free people sometimes cook omelets instead of pancakes. What about egg-free people? Why not an egg-free pancake?

A pumpkin pancake?

Greek yogurt can have all the delicious add-ins full-fat ice cream has. Maybe cheaper, if your family eat a lot of ice cream and/or yogurt. If you really want watermelon fudge ripple with cashews, it can be done…

Non-food treats to inspire your inner creative chef…

Whatever you’re cooking for the next few weeks, the holidays are a good time to use up those coupons…

Fun Stuff

The mathematical madness behind Alice in Wonderland‘s Tea Party, that is.

Reader Feedback 

Someone Twittering as “Narcotics Anonymous” shares a link to the NA online newsletter at:

This was in response to:

Stupidity Is a Choice 

Actually I suspect the King of Sweden is calling on people to take efficient showers rather than filling a big old tub. However, I’m hypersensitive on this issue because I’ve known some Greens who became literally Sick Greens by imagining that bathing is the big waste of water in most of our lives. Truly, Gentle Readers, this is not the case. I’m a warm bath fiend. I believe in immersing at least the possibly contaminated parts of the body every single time you sit down on the toilet (Doing Number Three), and I’ve practiced this rule while living in a house where I’d shut off a drippy water line and was manually flushing the toilet with only about a quart of water each time, and the city water office got suspicious that the water bill had dropped so far below average. Leaks and inefficient flushing are what waste water (and money). We can all afford to smell fresh. (People who sit on the toilet and try to wipe themselves clean with dry tissue paper, no matter how many squares they use each time, smell disgusting if you have to sit next to them on a Metrobus on a warm afternoon…one Washington memory I’d just as soon never relive for the rest of my lifetime.)


Growing pains of electric car technology, shared by John1282:


Here’s a prod to those who, like me, have a Hub Pages account but haven’t used it…lately, or ever…