Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I'm not an animal lover and I don't think they have any rights. But the thought of a cow chained in a barn and not able to get food makes me ill. And to think that we as a people support "farmers" like this one makes me sicker still.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
"They found that convictions for animal abuse were a better predictor of future convictions for domestic assault than were convictions for murder, arson, and firearms crimes."
So, what's the big problem with that finding?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
"Blue whales' capacity to communicate has been reduced by 90 percent," she said."
This scares me. Does this person, this "Legal expert for the International Fund for Animal Welfare," know what it means to say, "...has been reduced by 90 percent?" Somehow, I doubt it. If you are dumb, is that what you become? A legal expert for an animal welfare group?
Saturday, December 06, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Lange, who was photographing migrant workers at the time for the Resettlement Administration, remembered the photograph this way:
"I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother, as if drawn by a magnet. I do not remember how I explained my presence or my camera to her, but I do remember she asked me no questions. I made five exposures, working closer and closer from the same direction. I did not ask her name or her history. She told me her age, that she was thirty-two. She said that they had been living on frozen vegetables from the surrounding fields, and birds that the children killed. She had just sold the tires from her car to buy food. There she sat in that lean- to tent with her children huddled around her, and seemed to know that my pictures might help her, and so she helped me. There was a sort of equality about it. (From: Popular Photography, Feb. 1960)."
CNN recently interviewed one of the children in the photograph. Katherine McIntosh was four when the famous photograph was taken. She is now 77. She remembers the migrant camp where the picture was taken. There was no food. "They lived in tents or in a car. Local kids would tease them, telling them to clean up and bathe. 'They'd tell you, "Go home and take a bath." You couldn't very well take a bath when you're out in a car [with] nowhere to go."
She adds, "We'd go home and cry."
Now, she cleans houses for a living. She's proud that she has kept a job and a roof over her head throughout her life. "Even today, when it comes to cleaning, I make sure things are clean. I can't stand dirty things," she says with a laugh.
I wonder what that New York Times mother, the lady who believes that hard times mean postponing the purchase of designer jeans so that she can buy "stuff" for her daughter, would think of Florence Owens Thompson. And even more, I wonder what Florence would think of her.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We're replacing the tub/shower upstairs. I picked up the new one in Norwich and got it home safely. Until I drove up on the lawn. The angle on the truck caused it to go "Bloop" and roll out of the truck to the ground. I looked it over and it looked OK. So I ripped the old one out. Alas, when I unpacked the new one there were cracks in the tub and the enclosure. I could have told Curtis's that it wasn't my fault and they would have had to eat it. But I'm not a good liar. And I figure that long after the pain of a $400 loss was gone, the memory of a deceit would linger, so I bought a second tub. Do I feel stupid? Yup. Do I feel like scum? Nope.
We've also been negotiating with Nornew for the right to put a NG pipeline across the farm. They keep changing their minds. Honestly, I don't know how a large organization ever gets anything done. Their difficulty is that if they don't go across the farm, they have to go through woods, which raises their costs dramatically. So I'm optimistic that we'll come to an agreement. But after the mineral lease we signed with them, they're gonna pay for the privilege of a pipeline.
Also, we bought a popup camper. If I can find time to put a brake controller on the truck, we'll go get it and we can camp out in the back yard.
It's very pretty snow, at least: the soft, fluffy, spring-like kind that outlines every branch and twig. I'll see if I can post some pictures when I get home tonight. But it does seem rather extreme for this early in the year, especially in combination with a temperature of three degrees early the other morning. Bring warm clothes when you come home, and drive carefully if the roads are snowy!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Why? You Know Why.
Also, the price of a barrel of oil today dropped under $50, down from a high of $148 just a few months ago. Why? Because the world is running out of oil?
I don't think so.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The comments are revealing. No criticism of substance, just lots of ad hominem attacks.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.
There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period."
Aliens Cause Global Warming.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Then the trucker arrived at 8 am to haul the 30 cows down to PA. It was snowing and he had a pretty big rig. He got hung up two feet from the pole by the pool that holds the electrical wires running to the barn.
But he knew all the ins and outs and we hooked the tractor up to the trailer and dragged it back to the cattle chute. The trucker was about 60 y/o and not an ounce of fat on him. He'd just driven 420 miles since midnight and yet he was spry and lively. Once he got backed up to the cattle chute we loaded 30 cows without any problem.
There are now only 31 cows in the barn, all of them in the upper end. The other 30 are Amish cows now!
I included both pictures, even though they're a lot alike, because I couldn't decide which shot of Caleb trying to look as if he's working hard on the puzzle was funnier.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
They are burning gas off at the Corey well. This is done as a safety measure to reduce pressure, I'm told by the safety officer on site, who politely prevented me from getting closer with my camera. The first video was taken from the road by the well. Make sure your sound is on. (I can hear the flames roaring right now, from inside the house with doors and windows closed.) The second video was taken from the hill above the pond on the farm. I wish I could get a decent still picture. It's an extraordinary sight.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Current players' futures to consider:
Major Free Agents/Trade options:
There's a full list here, but I think it's a little out of date. Adam Dunn and Pat Burrell are the two biggest bats after Teixeira and Manny, but I don't think we could fit them in anywhere.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Who stayed up for the comeback? Who went to sleep? I'll admit that I fell asleep, even after David Ortiz's homerun. I was trying to stay awake. Gameday just isn't captivating enough. I came in and out of consciousness until 2 am when I woke up and found IMs from my brothers telling me to wake up. Oops. I really feel crappy about it. I also went to bed on Wednesday before finding out the result of the Phillies vs. Dodgers. I woke up at 11:45 and thought people were dying in the streets. Turns out that what I thought were gunshots were actually fireworks, and the screaming was in celebration, not pain. Thank God Manny isn't going to the World Series.
Also, I HATE that the playoffs are on TBS. You'd think they would at least put the playoffs on a channel most people get.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Update: Laura asked what I was talking about here. It was a Sitemeter report, Laura -- one of the referrals there (currently #46 on the "Referrals" list, but that will change with each new visit and disappear when it hits #101) shows that somebody used Babelfish to translate us into what I thought was Japanese. I went back and looked again. It's Chinese, and the visitor was from Taiwan. I'm not sure it would be fair to say that we have a Taiwanese fan base, but we do continue to get hits from all over the place. (On our little family blog!) Here, for example, are the latest 100:
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The rig is on the former Corey farm, on the knoll behind the barn.
You can't get too close. There are signs requiring hard hats and warning off unauthorized persons. They have smoothed off the the whole top of the hill to make a platform for the well and have built gravel embankments around the platform's edges.
Here's how it looks from the hill on the east side of the farm.
The drilling rig and the mountain. (Enlarge.)
Here's where it is.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
1) Installing and learning to use a new-fangled stoker-type coal stove. Difficult even to get the danged thing lit.
2) Cow sales. the sooner the 30 PA cows leave the better. Meanwhile, testing for brucellosis and TB. UGH.
3) Negotiations for a pipeline ROW. They (NOWNEW and the "landmen") are pros. We have to learn about all this from the ground up.
4) A Natgas well being drilled a feww hundred feet from our property. You should see it at night! Absolutely thrilling! A spaceship has landed!
5) Red Sox in the playoffs yet again. A very exciting series with the "halos". Wow!
Life is very full and complicated at the moment.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
I'm sorry I ever whined about Lester. What a pitcher he's become.
Monday, September 29, 2008
My mother and I arrived at my mom’s friend’s house on July 26, 2008. She used to work with my mom. She lives on a dairy farm in Earlville, New York. Earlville is about 45 minutes from the City of Syracuse. She had a pool. I wanted to go swimming. My mom said, “We need to unpack.” The cows walked right by the pool. That was a cool sight to see.
The next day I got up around 5:00 a.m. to help milk the cows. (It was cool!) I assisted in attaching the milking machine. I also supplied water and food for the cows. The best was hand feeding the baby calves. One calf had a goopy eye. My mom’s friend said, “You did a good job Paul.”
On the Saturday of our visit, we visited a farmers’ market. There was a lot to do and see there. I enjoyed fresh squeezed lemonade. After my first sip, I said to my mom, “This is delicious.” I also purchased a marshmallow shooter. The corn bought at the farmers’ market was very tasty. My mom’s friend even knew the beef farmer there.
This was a great trip. It was my favorite activity of the summer. I hope we can go back again soon.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
What interests me most about this, um, piece, is his visit to the emergency room. As some of you know, I spent a few years as an ER nurse. I've watched innumerable people bouncing off the stretcher while trying to tolerate the pain of a kidney stone ( the pain is as acute as pain can be). And there is nothing in the world more frustrating than going to such a person with a dose of 2mg of morphine or 25mg of demerol to relieve their pain, after trying to impress on the "prescriber" the degree of pain this patient was in. A kidney stone requires doses much larger than that. Yet, some, if not many, doctors and PAs and NPs feel it is their duty to dole out narcotics in tiny doses because, well, you can get addicted, ya know. Crap. Narcotics are made to control acute pain and should be given IMMEDIATELY in doses large enough to do so.
Anyway, the fact that he had to wait several hours for pain relief is a crime.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Luke, in case you're wondering, thanks for the links below. I may have some response at some point, but it's time-consuming and hard work. We'll see.