Friday, April 27, 2007
Well, a governor in Oregon (oh, those crazy Oregonians) is living on a food stamp budget for a week (via megnut). Cool. But I wish it was for longer, and I wish it was real. I get $20 a month in food stamps, and I'd love to see anyone live on that.
Reminds me of that blog by that guy who lived on $1 per day for one month. I like this kind of activism.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
I actually hate Earth Day. I have to resort to platitudes here, but seriously--every day is Earth Day. I mean it. I was sitting on the sidewalk at one point and overheard a bystander asking another person what was going on. When she heard it was Earth Day, she said, "Oh, great. Another thing to waste taxpayers' money on."
I was infuriated. Partly I wanted to point out that without the Earth she and her ignorant attitudes wouldn't exist at all. And partly I wanted to agree with her, because I'm not sure what free juice from Wild Oats and handcrafted jewelry have to do with Earth Day--and that's what the vendors were like. Nonprofit booths were shunted to the side and crammed around the edges. The music was too loud for people to talk to the folks staffing the nonprofits anyway. I didn't say anything to the woman.
The whole concept of Earth Day just pisses me off, but I'm a good greenie so I have to go. On the plus side, it was a beautiful day, and S got to practice her roller blading with some of the kickass Roller Derby Ladies.
So, in celebration of the Day-After-Earth-Day (when all of the folks who attended it have driven away in their SUV's to buy organic plastic wrap at Wild Oats), I thought I'd share this with you. It's a chart of which companies own which in the organic industry (via bec):
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
But, more importantly, Allen's Coffee Brandy is ranked the #1 alcoholic beverage in Maine for the 10th year in a row.
I like this tidbit best:
Allen's is so popular that its different bottle sizes rank first, second, sixth and ninth on the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations list of the top 25 alcoholic items sold last year. Allen's is the only brand that appears more than once in the top 10.
I imagine a survey:
"So, what's your favorite kind of booze?"
"Well, I like the half-gallon. The fifth is good too. And nothin beats the pint if you're on the go."
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
...the town is investigating claims of animal cruelty and the possible contamination of a nearby stream. Piles of manure -- some of it possibly human -- had been leaching into the stream, officials said.
"We're installing a silt fence around the manure to protect the land and stream," Monmouth Code Enforcement Officer David Shaw said.
Shaw and Bird said a representative from the Maine Department of Agriculture got a complaint about manure on the property and went to the land to inspect.
Inspectors then found two 150- to 200-pound sows dead on the property, Shaw said.
A subsequent inspection by Shaw, Monmouth animal control officer Mike Costello and the police chief found three dead kittens.
Again, not surprised. I saw this particular guy hitting his oxen with an ax handle when he was training them to pull.
However, weirdly, I have feelings of protectiveness and sympathy for this family. I think that they represent a kind of worst-case-scenario for rural poverty, and I can't blame hardly anyone for being poor. I know what it meant for that family when the mill shut down and when someone became permanently disabled from a work-related injury. And I also have many happy memories of riding ponies and visiting their mom before she died. Plus, I think that drinking their raw, unpasteurized milk for my entire childhood gave me a kickass immune system.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
There is new content at www.wtchronicles.org (thx bec), so read to your WT heart's content.
I had a bit of surgery on Friday, but am feeling pretty good, considering. The doctor gave me a little valentine, which I thought was pretty creative of her. Although I wish it was a bunny or a cross. You know, in honor of the holiday:
We watched a whole bunch of movies during the recovery time, which was fun. Sort of. In a turn-off-the-thinker kind of way.
I liked Junebug (nothing speaks to me like movies about familial repression) and Clockwatchers (temps just wanna have fun and be seen as human beings). I did not so much like Max (I fell asleep after just forty-five minutes of virulent anti-Semitism). We also started Born Into Brothels but decided after a few minutes that it would have to wait until later because we were in more of a Snakes on a Plane mood.
I also spent five hours working on my creative thesis, which works out because the first draft is due on Tuesday. It's up to 23 pages. Seven more to go.
S is visiting her grandparents this weekend, so it's my first easter ever that didn't start with a sugar rush.
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