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Archives for May, 2010

Let’s Stay Together?

Sometimes you read a study and say “duh!” That was pretty much my reaction to a British Study just released that suggests that when men help with the childcare and housework, couples are less likely to get divorced. Gee, that’s a shock. You mean women don’t love soloing on the toilet cleaning? Meanwhile the divorce…

Who or What Got the Glyptodons?

Ok, part of this is just that I really like the word “Glyptodon” and am trying to find more uses for it ;-). But there is a point here, I’m pretty sure. A while back I was teaching a class, and the gentleman teaching before me, an Algonquin Native Descendent, who was talking about the…

Regulating the Disaster

We still don’t have the faintest idea how much oil is spewing out of the well in the Gulf. Nor do we have the faintest idea what the full environmental consequence of what may well be the biggest single-event human-caused. ecological disaster of all time (the very fact that I have to add the word…

Young, Green and Consumerist

From occasional partner-in-crime Keith Farnish (and author of _Times Up_) comes a scathing but accurate indictment of superficial youth environmentalism. (our heroine in her pricey electric car, cruising the streets of Beverly Hills) Farnish writes: I have met some incredible young people with vision, passion and the willingness to stick two fingers up at the…

A couple of administrative notes before I head off to a weekend involving friends, arboretum plant sales, weeding the asparagus patch, planting an alphabet garden and trying to decide if we really do need a pet sheep. First, as some of you may remember I’m running an on-site family workshop at my house in rural…

Eating Poor

I was out of town when Zuska posted this piece about trying to feed a family on a food stamp budget, and I’ve been meaning to respond to her suggestion that I might have something to add for a while. The article she builds on is one in which chefs try and come up with…

Darn that Environment!

From My Favorite News Source, which manages always to put its finger on the problem: “I think everybody is getting a little fed-up with the hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis,” EPA engineer Thomas Bergman said. “Not to mention UV rays and acid rain. And, not to be petty, but shark attacks? Mankind doesn’t have enough on…

Getting Intimate With My Weeds

I plant weeds sometimes. I just feel I should admit this upfront, and come out with it and accept your outrage. You see, my property isn’t exactly untouched – it was a sod farm at one point (although most of the actual sod harvesting was done across the road on a field that is not…

Just a note to let you all know that we’re having weird weather (inch sized hail, temperature shifts of 60 degrees in under an hour, thunderstoms, high winds, hot, freezing.,..) and weird power outages and weird server problems and the formal diagnosis is that the ordinary weirdness that is this blog will continue as soon…

How Do You Like Those Odds?

Again, Stuart Staniford runs the numbers and clarifies the analysis, and comes up with some really hideously bad possibilities. In his “Odds of Cooking the Grandchildren” Staniford shows us the implications of a PNAS paper that I’d missed: There is a horrible paper in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (hat-tip Desdemona…