Category Archives: Food

Don’t Spank Your Mother

You don’t spank your mother do you?“, the friendly man asked. I looked up and saw him grinning. He was commenting on my technique – I was learning to build a cob house. What I was doing is putting “loaves” of cob – which is just clay, sand and straw mixed up – in a course to make a wall. After you do a few, you need to step back and “massage” the wall into proper plumb and form. I had been smacking my wall trying to get it to move a little inward. The friendly voice suggested that I stop slapping at it and put more slow moving muscle into it. It’s a bit of natural building humor, but the message sticks, “Don’t spank your mother.” It reminds me a little of the Mother Nature margarine commercials of the 70s – “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”

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NC Fracking – Legal by Mistake

If fracking is harmless to water, perhaps we should make coffee with the chemical concoction that is injected into the earth and serve it at the RNC, they shouldn’t object – according to them the chemicals are harmless.

Another case of “gotcha” politics has played out in the North Carolina legislature. In a late night vote that “took her by surprise”, a veteran Democratic lawmaker, Becky Carney of Charlotte, accidentally gave Republicans the vote they needed to override the Governor’s veto of fracking legislation. Even though seconds after Congresswoman Carney pushed the incorrect button, she attempted frantically to change her vote to the one of her true intention, House Speaker Thom Tillis would not recognize the legislator’s requests for recognition and a switch of the vote – something typically granted by leadership when a request is made. Tillis says he is “comfortable” with the process, according to the N&O article on the late night vote.

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Sage Slave

Thomas Hall was a slave in Orange County, North Carolina. He was 81 when he was interviewed by the Federal Writer’s Project in 1937. Our future comes at us at an ever quickening pace and with the chaos of a globalized community – we are not taking the time to learn about our past. Here is an excerpt of Thomas Hall’s words to his interviewer:

Getting married and having a family was a joke in the days of slavery, as the main thing in allowing any form of matrimony among the slaves was to raise more slaves in the same sense and for the same purpose as stock raisers raise horses and mules, that is, for work. A woman who could produce fast was in great demand and would bring a good price on the auction block …

The food in many cases that was given the slaves was not given them for the pleasure or by a cheerful giver, but for the simple and practical reason¬† that children would not grow in to a large healthy slave unless they were well fed and clothed, and give a good warm places to live. … – My Folks Don’t Want Me to Talk About Slavery Continue reading

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Agenda 21 Awareness

A few months ago I heard rumblings about Agenda 21. Most of the rumblings were more like rantings by what seemed like extremists and alarmists (squeaky wheels get the news out), due to the provocative language they used like this site, this site, and this site. However, given the state of our corporate news today – none of the American main stream media news can be relied upon for hard hitting journalism – my mind is wide open for citizens reporters, alternative news outlets, and foreign sources to help inform my mind. Even the Enquirer is right sometimes. The point is not to trust these sources, but not to discount the message due to the messenger every time. A mere curiosity online can spur one’s own foray into a micro research project via Google.

After reading a bit more about Agenda 21, it is apparent that I should read a lot more about it. A recent call from a polling firm wanted to know my opinion on it, and the framing was quite interesting. There wasn’t really a left and right due to the cross sections of values, perspectives, and approaches taken to further those values.

The poll asked me if I thought Agenda 21 was trying to get me to live like a caveman – I’m paraphrasing and using descriptive liberties here, but that is what they were describing. One form of the question was interested in if I thought Agenda 21 was about global domination or necessary protections for the environment.

One thing is certain, main stream news isn’t touching it. Go ahead and Google it, you won’t find the main stream media reporting on it even though it is big news at the U.N. Rio Summit right now. It’s almost as if there’s a chill in the air…

or a command.  Check out these articles, they are calmer, more thought out pieces on Agenda 21 as well as the U. N. site.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-reinbach/agenda-21-sustainability-_b_1523118.html

http://truth-farmer.blogspot.com/2009/04/agenda-21-cliff-notes.html

http://www.examiner.com/article/nations-reach-agreement-on-agenda-21

http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/

We are using the world as a Commons for all, ignoring borders when extracting resources and profits. Does it make sense to govern those actions while ignoring borders? Is it the New World Order or a necessary measure to reign in the out of control polluters? Weigh in and let’s learn more.

 

image via The Atlantic

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Let Them Eat Cake – After They Mow

Severe scarcity is a harsh reality for more and more Americans. The stories from the depression don’t seem so far away anymore. Folks without healthcare have been coping without – and suffering the lack of care. Jobs available, if they can be attained, are often in very low paying positions with tough physical demands and no health insurance. Someone with a known health condition has to be very careful about the balance of exhaustion/physical ailments and the cost of attending to those ailments while trying to keep the job. It is a vicious cruel cycle that did not happen by accident, it is all part of the Republican plan to disempower American workers so that they will grovel and beg to simply keep their families alive. Mitt Romney is a big fan of this sort of slash and burn method that leaves workers jobless and on the edge of survival.

Denise Morrison, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma is one of these Americans. She has health conditions and has been unemployed. In order to eat and have some medicine, she planted her yard full of edible plants. She read the rules governing the shape of a yard and followed them – anything over 12″ high must be edible – every plant is producing something edible (more on lawns in a bit). For those international readers that aren’t familiar with the lawn police, in America, if the city or neighborhood does not like how tall you’ve allowed the grass to grow around your house, you can be fined and the local govt. may decide to cut your lawn for you then send you a (ridiculously expensive) bill. Denise checked the rules before she bought the house, and then proceeded to create an edible garden all the way around the property including medicinal plants for her health issues, produce, fruit and nut trees, herbs for cooking. She had over 100 varieties of plants she was using. Denise’s story and video is here.

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