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.)

Books 

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

https://www.dailygood.org/story/1169/desert-solitaire-a-love-letter-to-solitude-maria-popova/

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.)

https://www.osv.com/Shop/Product?ProductCode=T1676

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!

https://eaglerising.com/26753/bigger-than-bundy-ranch-citizen-militia-on-alert-as-feds-label-oregon-ranchers-terrorists/

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…

https://www.anh-usa.org/plan-for-an-end-run-around-gmo-labeling/

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

https://www.anh-usa.org/monsantos-spy-software-to-control-the-entire-agriculture-market/

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

https://restore4life.com/conference-call-with-jeffrey-smith-zach-bush/

Phenology 

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2015/11/25/world/europe/25reuters-climatechange-summit-hottest.html?_r=1

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.

Politics

But the convoluted reasoning ascribed to the President here…

https://twitchy.com/2015/11/24/solar-panels-will-stop-isis-president-obama-ties-attendance-at-global-warming-talks-in-paris-to-defeating-isis/

…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:

https://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/open-letter-to-state-legislators-everywhere-the-other-side-of-the-article-v-convention-issue/

Technology 

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.)

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/science/electric-car-auto-dealers.html

Non-book-review cat, also from Morguefile:

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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.

Animals 

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 www.responsibletechnology.org .

Faith 

Wayne Muller, here writing for a nondenominational site:

https://www.dailygood.org/story/1155/the-power-of-not-knowing-wayne-muller/

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!

https://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/Obama_just_approved_GMO_salmon_Senate_wants_2_kill_GMO_labeling/?t=7&akid=1715.359821.vaa189

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:

https://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/almond-milk-vegan-frozen-dessert

And here’s a treat for the carnivores…

https://blogjob.com/newwaystoeat/2015/11/23/beef-with-rice-and-lemon-kale/

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.)

https://blogjob.com/gettingoffthegrid/2015/10/01/golden-rod-and-seven-pound-bass/

Politics 

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

https://link.nationalreview.com/view/55c8a77718ff4357208b47083bjef.5hgj/8d7f33b4

Privacy 

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:

https://stopsmartmeters.org/?can_id=&source=email-november-2015-stop-smart-meters-bulletin

Travel 

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.)

https://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5e58f59d97611f910916b6276&id=2e6f0d0346&e=4d57a9fdfb

Writing 

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…

https://archive.aweber.com/fundsforwriters/59kkH/h/FundsforWriters_November.htm

Non-book-review cat:

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