Monthly Archives: October 2009

Beer Profile: Hop Harvest; Wet Hop Ale Sierra Nevada

Nice foamy head with just a bit of “pillow” to it. Long lasting. Big Cascade nose. A slightly hazy deep gold. Chill haze? Mouth filled with carbonation and hop cling. Once I opened it up to the taste buds, hops dominante.

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Why Plan Ahead?


by Ana Grarian

What does it mean to have everything readily available and not have to plan ahead? This thought came to me while listening to Gary Snyder talk about his poem Hay for the Horses. Gary had a summer job stacking hay bales for use over the winter. Planning ahead so that in the depth of winter snow there would be hay, for the horses, where it was needed.

Today we don’t have to plan ahead much. I can buy a last minute birthday present at Walmart. If I forgot to do the laundry I can pick up a last minute outfit to wear to the party. If I didn’t plan ahead for dinner I can buy it as take out on the way home, or have it delivered. If I want guacamole at midnight in January in Upstate NY, I can find an avacado in a 24 hour grocery, or buy it pre-made. Heck I can even purchase a term paper on-line.

Wallace Stegner said that we Americans divide into two groups, boomers and stickers. The boomers are always thinking that something is better somewhere else, that whatever they have or whatever they are is no good.

What does it mean to have everything readily available and not have to plan ahead?

Doesn’t it mean that I can take everything for granted? If it’s not available here they’ll have it there. I can just move, change suppliers, pay a little more, make or break a contract.

I don’t have to worry about people to work in my plant. There’s always another third world country to exploit. I don’t care about the soil. I can always add more fertilizer. I can buy my way out of any situation. I don’t need my neighbors. I can buy help or simply buy off my neighbors.

There will always be more clean water somewhere.

Until there isn’t.

Today’s Quote: The Blockheads and Dummies Haven’t Changed

In a recent interview with The Nation, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev recalled a brief conversation with then-VP Poppy Bush, proving nothing ever changes in the world of wingnut conservatism: they are still the same blockheads and dummies today they were then — there are just fewer of them:

“By the way, in 1987, after my first visit to the United States, Vice President Bush accompanied me to the airport, and told me: ‘Reagan is a conservative. An extreme conservative. All the blockheads and dummies are for him, and when he says that something is necessary, they trust him. But if some Democrat had proposed what Reagan did, with you, they might not have trusted him.'”
— Excerpted from “Gorbachev on 1989,” Katrina Vanden Heuvel & Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, Oct. 28, 2009.

Ohio Ag

I thought Ana might find the article, and the links provided by the article, interesting…

“On November 3rd, there will be a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot in Ohio. This is no ordinary ballot initiative. Its very existence and marketing has been bought and paid for–to the tune of millions of dollars– by national and international agri-business corporations and their front groups, such as Pioneer Hi-Bred International (owned by DuPont and grantee of 100K to the effort),the National Pork Producers Council (113K), and the United Egg Producers (200K!).”


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